Quitting smoking takes teamwork

When you're quitting smoking, knowing you're not alone is a huge psychological advantage. So don't be afraid to ask for help.

Here are some potential members for your support team.

Family and friends

Tell the ones you're closest to that you're planning to quit smoking and ask for their help.

  • A Spouse, Partner, or Anyone You Live With. They're going to be on the frontlines with you when cravings hit. They can also help you prepare your home for your quit.
  • Your Kids. They're great for emotional support and cheerleading. Kids also serve as a constant reminder of why you want to quit smoking.
  • Your Friends. They can offer emotional support and distract you from smoking.
  • Your Coworkers. Let them know that they shouldn't invite you to go outside and smoke with them.

Successful quitters

Receive guidance from former smokers with firsthand experience.

  • They can share unique tips that may also work for you.
  • They understand how difficult quitting can be and can help keep you motivated.
  • They provide a role model to look up to.

Behavioral support

Get advice from people with experience helping smokers quit.

  • Psychologists. They can help with the emotional side of your quit.
  • Doctors. They can advise you on the best ways to quit, and let you know what you'll experience as you go through your quit.
  • Pharmacists. They can help you select the right form of nicotine replacement therapy for you.
  • Smoking-Cessation Coaches. They can explain the details of quitting and help you create coping strategies.

Online team

The web is a great resource for quit support anytime.

  • Blogs. Some of the best are from nonprofits, like the American Lung Association.
  • Websites. They're a great place to find facts and tips on quitting.
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