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Quitting Smoking: Helping Someone Quit

Your partner or friend has decided it's time to quit smoking.

This is great news. You're excited, and you want to help. But you don't want your partner or friend to feel that you're coming on too strong or that you're "checking up" on him or her.

This Actionset will give you tips on helping someone who is trying to quit smoking. The information also applies to other tobacco products, such as chew or snuff.

  • You can help someone quit smoking by offering support and practical tips.
  • Only the smoker can follow through with the decision to quit. It's his or her choice and challenge. You can help by giving the person support.
  • Most smokers don't succeed the first time they try to quit. This is called relapse. If the person begins smoking again, don't be disappointed or make the person feel guilty. Instead, help him or her think about trying to quit again.
  • You can help yourself understand what the person is going through by learning about smoking, how nicotine affects smokers, and how hard it is to stop.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn Hughes, MD - Psychiatry
Last RevisedAugust 15, 2012

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Last Updated: August 15, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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