It can be difficult to watch a friend smoke when we know that smoking tobacco shortens lives and comes with a higher risk of lung cancer. In fact, people who smoke are about 20 times more likely to develop lung cancer than those who don’t. But, it’s important to understand that for many people, quitting smoking is one of the hardest things they’ll ever do. And you can’t make the decision for someone else to quit but you can be there for them and encourage them along the way.
When a loved one decides to quit, having a caring and supportive friend by their side can make their quitting process more successful. They may not succeed at first and it can take time, but with your support, they can quit.
Keep reading for some advice from our Help Someone Quit booklet and learn how you can be there one step at a time.
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Nicotine is the addictive ingredient in cigarettes – it’s so addictive that many people who want to quit smoking are scared to try. They may have tried to quit before, but the withdrawal symptoms were too much to handle. In fact, on average, it can take up to 30 attempts to finally quit smoking.
When a person is trying to quit smoking, their whole body will fight back as they try to get a very powerful drug out of their system. Recognizing that it takes great strength to quit smoking is important while supporting your friend on their journey to becoming smoke-free.