Posted On March 14, 2016


It takes determination to say no to tobacco and more so to stay smoke-free. Physical effects of nicotine withdrawal can overwhelm even the strongest of individuals. A little bit of support can do wonders in helping people keeping their guard up right after quitting. Here are four methods in which you can show your support:

Appreciate the Resolve

Quitting cigarettes, although not impossible, can be very difficult for most addicts. The first thing you can do is show your respect for the attempt and the determination of staying away from nicotine. You have no idea how a few words of encouragement can add to a quitter’s confidence and may even help the person stay off tobacco forever.

Don't Be Aggressive and Refrain From Lecturing

Scolding or lecturing someone who is about to quit or is already going through the initial phase after quitting never helps. If the quitter gets defensive or upset, your suggestions will ultimately fall on deaf ears. Remember that depression is a strong trigger for nicotine intake. So stop nagging, stop giving them a hard time, and stop arguing with them. Be empathetic, support them and help them through the quitting phase.

Be a Part of Their Distraction from Tobacco

Distractions can help a quitter fend off nicotine triggers. So, support him by being a part of the distraction. Go for long walks and movies, sign up for special activity classes, or encourage them to take up a sport (indoor or outdoor). Your companionship can act like magic in these scenarios and help the quitter fight the addiction relatively easily.

Show Them a Way to be Stress-free

The physical and mental stress of quitting can be overwhelming. Things like jogging, yoga, playing crossword puzzle, and taking part in a fun project can help the person and put you in the mix to monitor if the ideas are working.

You have to understand that nicotine cravings often come back days, weeks, and even months after quitting. So, try being positive and keep celebrating their decision of quitting tobacco to help them in the long-run.