Often we are approached for more information and may not be sure what to say. Here are 3 common statements we hear and a few suggested responses.
HOW TO SUPPORT A QUITTER
1. I’ve smoked for 30 years and I have thought about quitting smoking, but I really like it!
Consider their perspective – they might not be quite ready to quit and may need more empathy and patience and someone to listen to any negative feelings they may have.
If they wish to explore quitting tobacco further, provide contact info to the closest cessation provider.
2. I am so worried about a Family member who won’t quit smoking!
Something to consider when starting the conversation- often, family and friends find out that placing shame, guilt, pressure and demands to quit only results in continued tobacco use. If a person has a desire to quit, the most effective strategy to help them quit is to provide motivation, support, and encouragement.
Ask yourself, "Does that person’s support help or hinder?" It may be helpful for the Family member to:
Share with a tobacco user in your life trying to quit.
Ask the tobacco user how you can best help in their quit attempt.
Ask how you would most hinder their quit attempt.
3. I have been considering quitting and I think I am ready to take the next step.
Offer words of encouragement and congratulations! This is a big step.
Talk to them to help determine the best way to offer support- whether it be providing information on cessation programs or just offering a listening ear.
If they are interested in a cessation program (1-on-1 or group classes) refer them here.
If you are interested in quitting, call us for support! If you are interested in taking the next step on your own, talk to your medical provider about using Nicotine Replacement Therapy.