Is someone you know telling you they are tired of smoking cigarettes? Are they commenting about the cough, the smell, the cost, standing out in the cold, the nagging of loved ones? Maybe they are beginning to think about quitting smoking.
Many people find it hard to stop smoking, but don't lose hope if this person quit before and started again!! Offer support but don't pressure or nag them. Many people quit smoking every day and so can the person you care about! But only if they are ready.
Common reasons people want to quit
- Health Benefits: Quitting smoking has health benefits within 20 minutes of stopping.
- Saving money: Cigarettes are expensive, many people do not think about how much smoking costs, or about how much extra money they would have if they stopped smoking.
- Protecting people: Many people want to protect the people around them from being exposed to second hand smoke.
Before helping someone attempt to stop smoking...
Think about preparing. It is a bit like training for a race. The better trained your friend or loved one is for this race, the higher the likelihood of success. If your loved one is ready to think about quitting smoking, you will want to get them to think about the reasons for quitting.
Get them to:
- Make a list of reasons, including personal reasons, medical effects, health benefits, financial advantages and obligations to others.
- Repeat one of these reasons to themselves several times each morning.
- Set a target date for quitting and do not allow anything to change this date.
- Make a list of people who can support their intentions to quit, such as co-workers, family members and friends.
- Prepare themselves through knowledge of the withdrawal symptoms and ways to cope with them.
- Think about how they will spend their extra money, how good they'll feel about themselves, how much better their clothes will smell, how much more energy they will have and how much fresher their breath will be.
Now that we thought about preparing to help someone to quit, do you think they are ready to quit smoking?