Smoking may be a big part of your social life. Do you automatically
smoke when you are around someone who is smoking? Do certain people, places, or
things seem to make you want to smoke? Do your friends smoke?
Friends care about one another, support one another, and take part in
activities together that affirm the bond they have with one another. Why share
an activity that puts all of your lives at stake?
Quitting smoking is never easy. But a growing number of smoking cessation aids make it easier than ever for smokers to break their addiction to nicotine.
Research suggests that medications and nicotine replacement therapies can double and sometimes even triple the chances that a smoker will successfully quit. Some of these treatments also help to minimize weight gain while quitting -- an important plus for many smokers who want to kick the habit.
With a growing number of options available, doctors...
If your friends smoke, ask them whether they would be willing to quit
with you. Maybe several of you will be convinced that it's time to quit. You
can support each other through the tough times. When it's all over, you'll be
able to celebrate the choice you made to do what's best for your health so
you'll be around to share the good times together for years to come. If your
friends are not willing to quit, ask them not to smoke around you, offer you
cigarettes, or leave cigarettes lying around.