Quitting smoking is an incredibly difficult thing to undergo on your own, and personal support makes an enormous difference. If someone close to you is quitting, you can play a major role in supporting that effort.
Here are some tips on how you can help others quit and stay quit:
Ask what they need. Everyone is different in how they tackle this challenge; everyone has different needs. Ask your friend or loved one what they would like you to do to help. Do not assume that you know best and start offering unsolicited advice.
Be respectful of what they want. If they want space, give it to them. Let them know you are available, and if they need you, they will come to you.
Make yourself available. Let them know that you are present for them and that you are there for them when they need the support.
Be understanding. Irritability and crankiness are common symptoms of withdrawal. These moods will pass, but in the meantime, give your friend a break. They don’t need any more stress.
Try not to judge. Slips and relapses happen, and smokers rarely quit on their first attempt.But in order for them to pick themselves up and do it again, they need to feel supported and encouraged.
Don't nag. You will only make them feel worse, stress them out, and push them right back into that old vice. Nagging will also make them avoid you rather than be truly open.
It's the little things.Quitting creates a lot of stress, and small help with errands or around the house can make life a lot easier for them during this transition.
Provide distractions. Invite them out to the movies, to go shopping, visit friends for dinner, or just a walk through the park. The key is to help them stay busy.
Celebrate their successes! Quitting smoking is a big deal and is a cause for celebration. Help plan something special for the big milestones.