If your loved one is ready to quit, offer to help him or her examine different cessation (quitting) strategies. For most people, the quitting process will have two steps: breaking the habit and defeating the physical addiction to nicotine. Tere is no one “best way” to quit using tobacco— different methods may work for some people better than others. If your loved one has tried quitting in the past but was not successful, he or she may want to try another technique.
Note: Encourage your loved one to meet with his or her doctor or health care provider to discuss medication options and health considerations.
Group tobacco cessation programs or individual therapy can be very helpful. When you find a program or counselor, feel free to ask questions about the program. Ask if the program helps people identify triggers, find replacement activities, and if it provides long-term support and encouragement for staying tobacco-free.
Telephone counseling and a list of tobacco cessation programs in Utah are available through the Utah Tobacco Quit Line. Call 1-888-567-8788. Nationally, people can call the National Cancer Institute Quit Line for support at 1-877-448-7848.
Online quitting programs may be helpful if your loved one would rather connect with help this way. Te Utah Department of Health’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program offers an online tobacco cessation service, which may be accessed at www.utahquitnet.com
. You can also find support at www.becomeanex.org
or chat live with a counselor at the National Cancer Institute at www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/smoking
Most tobacco users try to quit several times before they finally succeed. If your loved one slips, assure him or her it’s not the end of the world. Your loved one may become discouraged and feel like a failure. Encourage him or her to learn from the slipup and return to the quitting program. Evaluate the reasons for the slip and develop a plan for overcoming the situation next time. Your continued support can be extremely important to your loved one’s future success in quitting.
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