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There Are Also Many Natural Ways to Kick the Habit for Good
- Cold turkey
- Cut down the number of cigarettes you smoke over time
- Join a quit smoking support group
- Take a quit smoking class
- Talk to a quit smoking counselor
The Do’s and Don’ts of Helping Someone Quit
DO TELL YOUR FRIEND HOW YOU FEEL:
Your friend might not know how important it is to you that they quit smoking, so tell them honestly. Chances are you’re more important to them than their cigarettes.
No one likes nagging, especially smokers. In fact, it may discourage them from quitting or even thinking about attempting to quit. Try your best not to nag before and during your parent’s quit.
Smokers want to know they’re being heard and even if they say things you don’t necessarily agree with, try to hear them out. Instead of talking at them, ask questions and listen to their side of the story.
DON’T DISREGARD FEELINGS:
If you don’t smoke, you may think quitting is easy. But, smoking is an addiction and a huge challenge to overcome. Be sympathetic when your parents actually go through with their quit.
DO LEND A HAND:
Stress is a major factor in why people slip up when quitting smoking, so try to alleviate potential stress points for your friend while they quit. Do some chores around the house, run errands, or offer to cook meals.
DON’T DISCARD SMOKING SUPPLIES:
It’s important that your parent is the one to throw out the lighters, ashtrays and cigarettes after the decision is made to quit smoking. Don’t throw out your friends’ stuff before they’re ready to quit.
DO ENCOURAGE AND CELEBRATE:
Even if your friend slips up and has a cigarette, stay positive. And instead of getting angry that they failed, encourage them to continue their quit. Make sure to tell them that you’re proud. People love hearing that — especially from their friends.
DON’T GET FRUSTRATED:
Try not to get frustrated and lecture them when talking about quitting smoking. It will only exasperate them, and might deter their follow through. Remember, you don’t want to add any stress.
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