Do you have a friend or family who is looking forward to stop smoking but is still doubting? If someone feels that they are supported, it is more likely they will stop smoking. That is why you can take a big part in their decision to become smoke-free.
Here are the things you can do for them:
Understanding the Situation
For people who are smoking, the first step when it comes to helping someone quit is to deal with the effect. It helps when you get aware of the relationship level a person has on a cigarette. It can affect their smoking, their decision in quitting, their health and yours. Understanding the situation helps you deal with the changes: You may need to do like the following situation:
- Give recognition when your family or friend made a small success on the steps to quitting.
- Avoid pointing out the mistake if they slip for a while on their decision.
- Let them decide on the time they want to quit smoking and support every step of the way fully.
Have Conversation Always
It can be hard to convince someone to stop smoking. To start the conversation with someone, find an opening. If they mention the following, it will be a good opening:
a. “I might quit smoking.”
b. “My physician advised me to stop smoking.”
c. “If I get pregnant, I should stop smoking.”
d. “My wife is pregnant and should stop smoking.”
e. “I need to stop smoking for the health of my kids.”
Suggest slowly that quitting can be a good idea and you are here to help in case they need help. Let them know it would be better to be smoke-free.
Look for a Good Timing
If you find it hard to look for an opening conversation, create one. You can do a different approach such as:
- Telling news about the tax on cigarettes. If they quit, they can save a lot.
- About some health commercial of a smoker. For example, gum disease caused by smoking.
There are more opening ideas you can think and do in order to reach out to someone who wants to quit.
Just Listen and Don’t Lecture
The decision to quit smoke is about them and not about you. It would be best if you listened to what they say. Be quiet when they are trying to explain how they feel and what they feel about the decision. Just don’t give comments or lecture them. The nagging and scolding won’t help your family or friend. Don’t point out the number of cigarettes they smoke, counting the time they smoke, scolding that it is bad or arguing about not quitting immediately.
Offer Some Distraction
One way to support them is to offer activities to distract them from smoking. There are many activities you can offer such as:
- Going to the movies.
- Plan game nights with friends.
- Go out and do food trips.
- Sign up for a yoga class.
- Sign up for a sport such as baseball, football, basketball and many more.