Friends and family
Making it easier to help a loved one quit smokingAsk what you can do to help. Everyone has different needs.
Don't start offering unsolicited advice. If they want space, give it to them. Let them know you're available, and if they need you, they'll come to you.
Be understanding and available
Irritability and crankiness are common symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. These moods will pass, but in the meantime, give your friend a break. Get informed about the side effects and cravings common during the quitting process.
Never nag. It will only make them feel worse.
If you stress them out, you'll push them right back into that old vice. Slips and relapses happen, and smokers rarely quit on their first attempt. In order to pick themselves up and try again, they need to feel supported and encouraged.
Celebrate their successes. Quitting is a big deal.
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. Invite them out to a movie, to go shopping, visit friends for dinner, or just a walk through the park.
Tell them about QuitNow
FREE quit smoking support services
QuitNow offers free support services to help British Columbians quit smoking. We bundle all of our services under something we call "My Quit Centre." Learn about it and refer friends and family. Check out our downloadable Family and Friends Smart Steps booklet for more information.
FREE supplies of nicotine therapy and quit smoking medications
The BC government offers a 3-month supply of nicotine therapy or quit medications through Pharmacare to those who qualify. Learn about the BC Smoking Cessation Program here.
Help is what our community discussion forums and our Facebook community is all about. They're places where those ready to quit smoking can get support from others going through the process of becoming or staying tobacco-free.