How to Convince Someone to Stop Smoking

Monday, July 31st, 2017 - Tips

Convince someone to quit smoking is not always easy. It is more likely that the person has already tried to quit but unsuccessful.One may also want to stop, but do not have the tools or support needed to do so. That’s where you come in. Your help and consistent support will help convince one to quit smoking.

How to Convince Someone to Stop Smoking

Part 1: Talk to the person about quitting smoking

1. Decide how to approach the person.
As this is a sensitive issue, it is always a good idea to plan how you will approach.

  • Choose a place to have a conversation. A good option is a familiar and comfortable place.
  • Think of a way to broach the subject without being too abrupt. Try to reduce the subject of surprise as much as possible.
  • Avoid hurting the feelings of the person by planning the possible reactions for it. For example, if she says “I can make my own decisions,” reply “That’s true, but I’m not trying to say what to do. I’m just worried because …”
  • Appeal to the emotional side. Thus, the person will know that your motivation is in place, making one more prone to listen to your advice.

2. Remember the damage caused by smoking.

Smoking is a harmful habit, not only to the smoker, but also for those around. It is very important to keep these positive messages. Do not scold one or induce fear.

  • Smoking causes serious health problems, including lung cancer. Smoking is also known to cause osteoporosis, stroke and depression.
  • If one values physical beauty, encourage them to preserve. Prevent wrinkles and yellow teeth caused by smoking.

3. Encourage longevity through human connection.

Remind the person of loved ones it may be (children, grandchildren, cônjue, friends) and how it is important to others.  Showing pictures of young people can serve as a daily motivator, couple the person reportedly does not smoke.

4. Offer support.

Make the process of quitting smoking as quiet as possible to the person in question.

  • Offer your availability by phone when one is in the mood to smoke.
  • Let one know that you will support them throughout the process.
  • Enlist others to form a support group if possible.

5. Make an action plan (with the group).

Work out a concrete plan that people can follow daily and to help one stop smoking. You can adjust the plan as needed, but it should give the person guidelines to be followed in day-to-day.

Part 2 : Offering ongoing support

1. Keep distracting the person.

Over time, smoking becomes something natural to the person. One of the hardest part to stop smoking is to create new habits. You can help the person in question by offering ideas as:If one smokes during breaks from work, offer to take a walk.

  • If one smokes after a meal, ask for help for washing dishes or take a walk with the dog.
  • If one smokes just waking up, offer to have coffee together.
  • If one smokes when consuming alcohol, avoid parties, bars and similar places.
  • If one has a craving for cigarette, try to be available to convince them not to smoke.

2. Discuss the symptoms of withdrawal.

The person will suffer some withdrawal symptoms when stopping smoking. It is better to openly discuss the symptoms and offer support during difficult times. Remind them that the symptoms are temporary.

  • Weight gain is common. If this happens, offer to do exercises with the person and help to restructure the diet.
  • Sleep loss may be common for a while. Suggest activities to do together, like reading a book, watch a television show or writing  a journal.
  • Do not take the bad mood of the person personally. Continue to be positive and let one know that the bad days happen and are part of the process. Say how much you are proud of them.

3. Insist that the person trying to continue in the case of a relapse.

Most people who try to quit smoking experience a relapse at some point in the process. This is normal, and is part of the process. Unfortunately, most of these people see this as a sign of failure and decide to stop trying. Generally, the first two weeks are the most difficult.

  • Remind people of all the reasons why they decided (or should) stop smoking.
  • Warn that it may continue trying, even in the case of a relapse.
  • Identify the triggers so that they can be avoided in the future.

4. Reward the achievements and advances.

Quitting smoking is very difficult. The efforts made during the process need to be rewarded as encourage a person and make one remember that you are moving in the right direction.

  • A great benefit of quitting smoking is the money saved. Tell the person to separate the money you are not spending on cigarettes. In the long run, this money can be used even to take a trip or pay some other type of reward.
  • Increased rewards and praise is very important. A positive feedback or constant tangible rewards are quite useful ways to remind the person of the progress that one has made.

5. Check the condition of the person time to time.

Do not wait until one tells how things are going. Ask! Keep an eye on progress so you know the time to offer more support or reward for conquests.

Part 3 : Providing resources and professional advice

1. Suggest the person to consult a professional.

If you can not provide enough support, it may be the time to seek professional help. A behavioral therapist can usually help people stop smoking.  Individual therapy is an option, but group therapies are preferred.

2. Offer to participate in group therapy.

Many people feel uncomfortable attending such sessions, especially the first time. one’s presence can calm anxiety until one feels more comfortable to attend meetings alone.

3. Suggest patches or nicotine gum.

These two options are known to help many people to stop smoking. Suggest the use of them.

4. Help the person with the needs.

Be ready to provide the necessary resources. That way, if one can not afford a therapist, search and make a list of low – cost options. You can also show the person websites to search the facts and statistics.

5. Suggest a consultation with doctor.

A doctor may be able to provide resources and expert advice.

Part 4 : Understanding the addiction to nicotine

1. Search statistics about smoking.

Nicotine is the addictive chemical in cigarettes. There are several resources available to get reliable statistics that can help you better understand this addiction. The internet is a great way to start this research.

  • The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics released a article about smoking with various graphs and statistics.
  •  The National Cancer Institute José Alencar Gomes da Silva (INCA), this article discusses the progress and challenges of tobacco control in Brazil.
  • See here some statistics about the diseases associated with smoking, also published by INCA.

2. Make notes.

Write some of the most important statistics and facts on a notepad. You can use these notes when you’re trying to convince someone to quit smoking.

3. Talk to a professional health care.

It is important to know the statistics on cigarette consequences and nicotine addiction, talking to a medical professional allows you to ask questions and get more specific information related to the person’s situation involved.

4. Talk to someone who has already quit smoking.

Who better understands the process of quitting smoking than someone who has already made this achievement? Since people are not equal, it may be best to talk to more than one of them. They can give a vision that you may not have seen through online resources.