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What Are the Best Ways for Your Loved One to Give up Smoking?

By Vicki and Brian Day

Smoking can be extremely damaging to your loved one's health, but that doesn't make it easy for her to quit. Some of these tips might help your loved one make some headway toward quitting for good.

Set up a Doctor's Appointment

The first step, especially if your loved one has been a smoker for a long tie, is to make an appointment with your loved one's doctor. He can put you in touch with resources that can make quitting easier. Your loved one might also be able to take medications that make quitting easier on her body and her mind.

Pick a Day for Quitting

When your loved one is finally ready to quit, it can help to pick a date for her quit date. This gives your loved one a deadline and allows her to prepare for it. if your loved one is ready to quit right away, she doesn't have to pick a date in the future, but having the option reminds her that she's in control of this process.

Clear out the House

Having items around that remind your loved one of smoking carries psychological triggers that can work against her desire to quit. It's a good idea to toss out or at least put away items such as lighters, ashtrays, and anything else that your loved one associates with smoking. You might also want to air out the house thoroughly, especially if your loved one was in the habit of smoking indoors.

Avoid Being Around Smokers

Particularly in the beginning of the quitting process, your loved one might find it difficult to be around other people who smoke. Limiting her exposure to smokers can help your loved one to avoid being tempted to smoke, too. This can be really difficult if these are people your loved one cares about, so it's important to handle this issue delicately.

Keep Your Loved One Occupied

If you can work out ways to keep your loved one physically and mentally occupied while she's trying to quit smoking, that can help quite a bit. Talk to your loved one about what she might enjoy doing most during this time. This is where having a quit date even a few days into the future can help you have time to plan.

Let other people such as family members and home care providers know that your loved one is giving up smoking so that they can help her in that endeavor.

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