It’s understandable to be concerned about someone you know who currently smokes. It’s important to find out if this person wants to quit smoking. Most smokers say they want to quit. If they don’t want to quit, try to find out why.
Here are some things you can do to help:
- Express things in terms of your own concern about the smoker’s health (“I’m worried about…”).
- Acknowledge that the smoker may get something out of smoking and may find it difficult to quit.
- Be encouraging and express your faith that the smoker can quit for good.
- Suggest a specific action, such as calling a smoking quitline, for help in quitting smoking.
- Ask the smoker for ways you can provide support.
Here are two things you should not do:
- Don’t send quit smoking materials to smokers unless they ask for them.
- Don’t criticize, nag, or remind the smoker about past failures.