Want to help a friend, family member, or co-worker to quit smoking or using tobacco? Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
There are scientifically proven methods that are known to be most effective in helping people quit. Research shows that working with a health care provider, using FDA-approved medications and receiving counseling can more than double one’s chances of quitting successfully.1
One easy way to help someone quit is to refer them to the Louisiana Tobacco Quitline. Lines are open 24/7, and counseling is free and confidential. Certified Quit Coaches® develop a personalized quit plan for each individual who enrolls.
Remember that quitting is hard. The best way to help a friend quit is to be understanding and not judgmental. Let them know you care and are here to support them when they’re ready to quit.
Ask your friend what you can do to support them.
Understand that quitting an addictive substance is hard and can cause withdrawal symptoms such as mood swings and irritability. Be patient with your friend, especially in the beginning of his or her quit attempt.
1 Tobacco Use and Dependence Guideline Panel. Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. Rockville (MD): US Department of Health and Human Services; 2008 May. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK63952/