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Iceni Magazine | April 20, 2021

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How to help a loved one quit smoking for good

How to help a loved one quit smoking for good

Did you know that thousands of smokers give up cigarettes for good, every year?

Interestingly, a large percentage of them credit their ability to quit, to the love and support from their friends and family.

If someone you know is trying to quit smoking, you might need to play a bigger role than you think. Providing a strong support network and knowing what to say and do can have a real impact on their ability to finally put out that last cigarette. Here we’ll explore how to help a loved one quit smoking for good.

Encourage other alternatives to smoking

If your loved one is nervous about quitting smoking altogether and going “cold-turkey” then they’re not alone. A large number of smokers who choose to quit suddenly rather than gradually find the process much more difficult and are more inclined to relapse. So, have a chat with them and discuss other potential alternatives.

Vaping is an incredibly popular and effective option, with thousands of smokers happily making the switch each year. Not only does vaping reduce exposure to naked flames, tar and other poisonous chemicals, but your loved one can gradually reduce the levels of nicotine in their e-cig and reduce their dependence over time. You’ll find a range of nic shots from here, just click the link.

Make sure you’re listening

You may be excited that your loved one has decided to quit smoking for good, however, you also need to remember that this is their journey, not yours. So, they’ll probably know what’s best for them. Try not to smother them with advice or criticise the approach they’re taking. Remember to listen to their needs, respond appropriately and always ask what you can do to help!

Come up with distractions

It’s incredibly difficult to ignore those nicotine cravings, which is why coming up with plenty of smoke-free distractions and activities can help your loved one. Discuss with your loved one the following: when they’re most likely to struggle with their cravings e.g. after dinner, on their daily commute, or when stressed etc, and come up with alternative activities that will keep them distracted. Anything from dog walking, to chewing on a straw, reading a book, doing the dishes or taking a shower can help fill the void until the cravings have passed.

Don’t take it personally

When someone is struggling with nicotine withdrawal it can manifest itself in different ways. They may be more irritable and angrier, suffer from mood swings, become emotional or pick up other irritating habits. Remember, don’t take these things personally, doing so could hinder their progress and guilt them into returning to their smoking habit.

And finally, be their biggest advocate (no matter what)

There are going to be times when your loved one is tempted to light up, or they could in fact relapse and go back to smoking. It doesn’t matter how many times this happens; you should always maintain a positive and patient outlook. Continue to show your support and let them know you’re there to help.


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