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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. Twelve hours after you smoke your last cigarette, the carbon monoxide level in your blood will drop to normal.”

“After a few months, you’ll breathe easier and have more energy.”

“No more bad breath!”

“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 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.”

“Throw away your cigarettes, lighters, and ashtrays – at home, in the car, and at work.”

Offer support.

“Tell me how I can 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 go for a walk.”

“Let’s decide how to celebrate after you’ve been smoke-free for a month.”

Quitting Smoking: Conversation starters

Content last updated on:
September 30, 2014

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