Looking to help a friend or family member quit tobacco?
You’re not alone. Often people want to help a loved one quit using tobacco. Understanding a person will usually only quit when he or she is ready is important. Often your concern for a loved one’s health can seem like nagging, so it’s best to get yourself some help on how to encourage a person to quit without being pushy.
If you are a healthcare professional or employer looking to help your employees quit, get more information about our referral program. If you are interested in formal training to help others quit tobacco, become a well-informed advocate through the Helpers Program.
Quitting Is A Process
For many, quitting tobacco may be the hardest thing they do in their lifetime. As a loving, supporting friend or family member, remember these things:
- You cannot do the work for them.
- You can get information and assistance from the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (ASHLine) by calling 1-800-55-66-222 and requesting an information packet.
- You can continue to encourage your loved one to quit tobacco; sooner or later he or she just might listen.
- Understand the best possible solution for quitting includes getting support and using medications together.
- Encourage your loved one to get help by calling the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (ASHLine) at 1-800-55-66-222 or asking their doctor for help. Better yet, ask them to do both.
Medications Do Help
People who use medications to help them quit, especially in the early stages of quitting, really do tend to stay quit longer. However, many people are confused by the medication options available to help them quit tobacco. We always recommend people use the medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).