5 Things to Ask of Others When You Quit Smoking

Sunday, November 25, 2012

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Quitting smoking is hard, but having a good support system makes it easier. Here are some suggestions about what to ask of your friends, family, and co-workers:

  1. Be supportive

    Research shows that people who have close friends and family they can count on are happier and healthier. While some people are able to quit on their own, many need help and support to beat their addiction. Quitting smoking is hard. It’s OK to ask for help. A lot of people do!  So, call on yours for the good times and the bad. That’s what true friends and family are for.

  2. Understand your change in mood

    Mood changes are common after you quit smoking. Remind the people around you that this won't last long (the worst will be over within a few weeks). Tell them this: "The longer I go without cigarettes, the sooner I'll be my old self."

  3. Offer distractions

    Unfortunately, most people experiences cravings when they quit smoking. The good news is that cravings only last a few minutes! Ask your loved ones to help think of ways to distract you or things you can do together until the craving passes.

  4. Celebrate your smokefree success

    Staying smokefree for one day, one week, or one year are all reasons to celebrate. Ask your friends and family to help you celebrate your smokefree successes—like throwing away your cigarettes, setting a quit date, and 3 days of smokefree-dom!

  5. Quit with you

    Does someone close to you smoke? Quitting can be easier with support, so ask them to quit with you. If they’re not ready to quit, ask them not to smoke around you or let you bum a cigarette (no matter how badly you may want one!).

Quitting smoking is easier with the support of others. But, they can’t help you if you don’t tell them what’s going on AND what you need from them. Be specific; tell them exactly what you need from them.

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