Friends & Family

Does someone you care about smoke, vape or use smokeless tobacco? Our team of Quit Coaches are trained to help you help them.

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Quitting is tough. Really tough. In addition to nicotine dependence, tobacco is often a deep-rooted habit that is difficult to break. To help someone you care about quit, it’s important to understand the many reasons they may struggle to quit.

Ask & Listen

Talking to someone about quitting can be tricky. What you think of as “helping” they may hear as nagging. Rather than giving advice, try asking questions: How ready are they to quit? What concerns do they have about quitting? What kind of help might they want?

Change Things Up

It’s often hard for people to put their desire to quit into action. You can help by making your home tobacco-free and encouraging tobacco-free activities, like going to the movies, mall, or a restaurant. Provide healthy substitutes like fruits, snacks, gum or toothpicks.

Be Patient

Remember that it can take many attempts before a person quits for good. Mood swings, slips, and relapses are all normal. Do your best to be patient, yet persistent. Quitting tobacco is possible, but it doesn’t happen overnight.

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Tools & Strategies to Help Someone Quit

Quitting cigarettes, vapes, or smokeless tobacco is tough. People who quit say that support from friends & family was important to their success. Ultimately, only your friend or family member can make the decision to quit, but you can certainly help.

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There are many ways to provide support. Let our highly trained Quit Coaches help guide you. Answer a few questions to get started with a kick-off conversation.

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Major funding provided by the California Department of Public Health & First 5 California.
Copyright © 2021. The Regents of the University of California. All Rights Reserved.