For Friends & Family

Deciding to quit tobacco is a decision that must be made by the tobacco users for their own reasons and in their own time. As much as you might like to, you can't make someone quit, but there are ways that you can help.

Things to try:

  • Show that you care. Ask how you can be of support and follow their advice.
  • Be sensitive to their needs.
  • Express your confidence and periodically compliment their efforts.
  • Ask them how it's going and be a good listener.
  • Help them to keep busy.

Things to avoid:

  • Lecture or preach about the health hazards
  • Give ultimatums (“if you don't quit, we're through!”)
  • Nag, make fun, or place blame on them - Quitting isn't easy!

Supporting someone during the quit process can also be a challenge. Get more information about helping someone to quit tobacco use by downloading the helpful guide If you want to help a smoker quit or calling Smokers' Helpline at 1 877 513-5333. You can also connect with others on our Facebook page and Twitter account.

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