Most smokers want to quit. Support from a family member or friend can make all the difference. Use these tips to start a conversation about quitting smoking.
“You are important to me. I want you to live a long, healthy life.”
“Your body will benefit right away. Twelve hours after you smoke your last cigarette, the carbon monoxide level in your blood will drop to normal.”
“After a few months, you’ll breathe easier and have more energy.”
“No more bad breath!”
“Think about how much money you’ll save.”
Share steps to quitting.
“Make a list of your reasons for quitting. Keep the list where you’ll see it often.”
“Set a date to quit. Give yourself 2 weeks to make a quit plan.”
“Talk to your doctor about medicines that can help you quit.”
“Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) for free support and coaching.”
“Throw away your cigarettes, matches, and ashtrays – at home, in the car, and at work.”
“Tell me how I can help you quit.”
“I promise to understand if quitting makes you irritable and anxious.”
“Let’s go for a walk.”
“Let’s decide how to celebrate after you’ve been smoke-free for a month.”