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Helping Someone Quit

Get tips, read quit-smoking stories, and encourage a loved-one to quit. Smokers are 50% more likely to quit and stay tobacco free if they have the help and support of family and friends. Check out our Quitting Resources Directory and our Youth Directory.

Most smokers say that support makes it easier to quit smoking. In fact your encouragement coupled with proven cessation methods can double a smoker's chances of successfully quitting. It may sound intimidating, but helping someone quit smoking is easy! Following some practical tips can make you the best quit-smoking-aid around.

Help Through Encouragement

Help Through Your Actions

Helping in Creative Ways

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Quick Tips

Know why you want to quit?

Research indicates that if you're thinking about quitting, you may actually overemphasize what you "get" from using tobacco. One effective method for dealing with this is to focus on reasons you want to quit instead. Take a few minutes and write down 10 reasons why you want to quit. Keep this list in a place you can get to easily. Review these reasons daily, the more you emphasize the reasons you want to quit, the more likely you will not slip.

Take the Challenge.

Find a small, pocket-size notebook. Each time you want a cigarette or chew, take out your notebook and write a few thoughts: what time is it, what's your mood, who are you with, where are you? Write in your journal each time you use tobacco, for up to 3 days. After you have 10 journal entries, review what you've written. See any patterns or trends?