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Smoking: Help Someone To Quit

Are you one of the many kids who are worried about a loved one who smokes?

First of all, smoking is more than just a habit: it's an addiction, which means it's very hard to quit. It's likely that your friend or

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Kids smokingfamily member wants very much to stop smoking, but doesn't know how to do it.

The first thing to do is let this person know how important it is to you that they try to quit. Do your best not to nag or bring it up in a way that will make him or her totally close the discussion. Instead, you may want to say something like: "I love you. I want you to live a long and healthy life." Explain how their smoking makes you feel -- both mentally and physically -- and try to be gentle, honest, and loving.

If someone isn't ready to quit just yet, you might make a request about where and when this person smokes. For instance, you can make a rule that he or she never lights up when you're around, or declare some rooms "off-limits." These new limits might make it easier for someone to quit in the near future.

Discussion Questions Ready to talk? Print out these discussion questions that will help you bring up the subject with an adult.

This person will need lots of support and resources -- things to do and organizations that can help him or her stay smoke-free. Here are some things you can do to help them out:
  • Offer to help track down programs in your area that help smokers kick the habit. You can start by calling:

    • American Lung Association, (800) LUNG-USA
    • American Cancer Society, (800) ACS-2345

  • Ask your friend or family member to sit with you at the computer and check out a "quit smoking" Web site that offers online community support, like www.champss.com or www.quitsmoking.com.

  • Offer to take a walk or do another type of exercise with your relative or friend whenever he or she has the urge to smoke.

  • There are many products available for smokers who want to quit, including a Nicotine patch, Nicotine gum and other aids. Ask your friend or relative to get a doctor's recommendation.

You can't force someone to quit smoking. Be supportive and honest about your concerns, and the rest is up to them.

Advice questions Read more tips for helping a loved one quit smoking in the
IML Advice section.

Ready to help other people learn more about the facts surrounding cigarettes? Let's take a look at how one program, AnimAction, helps kids spread the word about smoking.


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