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Quitting Smoking: Conversation starters

Quitting Smoking: Conversation starters

Most smokers want to quit. Support from a family member or friend can make all the difference. Use these tips to start a conversation about quitting smoking.

Be positive.

  • “You are important to me. I want you to live a long, healthy life.”
  • “Your body will benefit right away. Soon after you smoke your last cigarette, your blood pressure will start dropping to a healthier level.”
  • “After a few months, you’ll breathe easier and have more energy.”
  • “Food and drinks will even start to taste better!”
  • “Think about how much money you’ll save.”

Share steps for quitting.

  • “Write down your reasons for quitting. Keep the list where you’ll see it often.”
  • “Set a date to quit. Give yourself up to 2 weeks to make a quit plan.”
  • “Talk to your doctor about counseling, medicines, and other resources that can help you quit.”
  • “Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) for free support and coaching to help you quit.”
  • “Throw away your cigarettes, lighters, and ashtrays – at home, in the car, and at work.”
  • "Visit Smokefree.gov for more quit tips."

Offer support.

  • “How can I help you quit?”
  • “I promise to understand if quitting makes you cranky or anxious.”
  • “If you slip up, I can help you get back on track.”
  • “Let’s do something relaxing, like going for a walk.”
  • “Let’s decide how to celebrate after you’ve been smokefree for a month.”

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