How to Help Someone Stop Smoking
February 21, 2021 | FSEAP Solutions
The American Cancer Society has tips for family members supporting smokers trying to quit. Although the smoker is in charge, consider the following (among other tips):
- Ask the person quitting whether he or she wants you to check in with them about how they are feeling as they face withdrawal challenges.
- Let the person know you are available to give them encouragement.
- Spend time participating in healthy distractions with the person who’s quitting.
- Be empathic, and do not express any doubts that the smoker will succeed.
- Remove triggers (ashtrays, lighters, etc.).
- Work toward getting rid of smoke smell in everything, including clothing, rugs, and drapes.
- Help out with any child issues, chores, and problems that create stress for the person trying to quit.
- Celebrate progress and be patient with nicotine withdrawal issues like irritability.
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Source: www.cancer.org [search “helping smoker quit”]
Resource: BC Smoking Cessation Program