How to help a loved one to quit smoking
First of all, remember that there is no universal way to stop smoking. Do not forget also that many try to get rid of this habit several times. For people with a long smoking experience, this is normal. It is possible that you are trying to help a loved one is not the first time. If so, ask him how you can help him. The help that is expected of you may be very different, for example, you just need to talk when there is a strong craving for cigarettes, or go to a party together, where most likely there will be many people who smoke.
In no case do not try to scold a person or grumble at him, it is completely meaningless. Instead, try to motivate him to quit smoking, praise him if he tries to cope with this habit. You can also try the reward system, this is a pretty strong incentive.However, rewarding a person is necessary whenever he reaches another success, for example, he stays without cigarettes for a week. Do not postpone praise and rewards for the indefinite future.
Study the behavior of a person, see where and under what circumstances he most often smokes. Try to isolate it from this. Stay close when he has a desire to light another cigarette. Say that it will soon pass, try to distract him, offer to take a few deep breaths, perhaps this will help him.
If you yourself recently quit smoking, share your experience, it may be useful. In addition, you, as a person who has mastered this addiction, can become an example to follow. Explain to a person all the positive aspects of quitting smoking that you noted at the time. The main thing that these changes were noticeable in the short term, it will help maintain motivation. Say, for example, that quitting smoking will very quickly and positively affect breathing and lung function, clothes and hands will no longer smell like cigarette smoke, etc.
With long and hard work, you may be able to force a person to quit smoking. However, remember that most of those who recently quit smoking return to cigarettes within the first three months. Your task is to keep a person close to you from this. When and if you encounter this problem, try to find out from the person what caused him to smoke again. Talk to him about how to proceed next time to prevent such a development.
Remember that your attempts to help someone close to you to stop smoking should not stop. If you could not do this this time, you can next. Do not forget that many of those who quit smoking did it with the support of friends and relatives.
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