Helping Others to QUIT Smoking Cigarettes:

Supporting Your Partner When They Decide its Time to Quit Smoking

You feel great that your partner has told you they want to quit smoking cigarettes and you want to do everything that you can in order to help them. However, you have to remember that quitting smoking is very difficult, and your support can make a huge difference. But you have to be understanding, and realize that relapses are fairly common in people who try to stop smoking and not letting them or yourself disheartened in a situation like this is very important.

Also, when it comes to breaking free from any addiction, the decision needs to come from within. This simply means that no amount of arguing or trying your coax your partner into quitting smoking will help unless your partner actually wants to quit. And when your partner does want to quit, you should ensure that he/she can count on your support.

There are many ways you can give support, and for starters you should tell your partner how happy you are with this decision. You can set up a system where your partner calls you every time he/she feels like lighting up, and you would then have to ensure that you are available for your partner whenever he/she needs to talk to you in this period. This can be really effective because the cravings generally don’t last for very long.

Setting up a busy schedule is also something that you should think about doing, and this is simply because the fewer the distractions, the fewer are the chances of your partner wanting to smoke. Also try and avoid any trigger situations, and these would be situations where your partner would feel inclined to smoke. These may include going to the nightclub, having a drink, etc.

Another thing that you can do to help is to find out everything that you can about cigarette withdrawals and how they can be fought, and then take the necessary steps to make your partner feel better. Also, if your partner is not successful the first time around, remember that this is not the end, and another effort can always be made.