• Put together a tobacco-free goodie bag. Possible items include sugar-free gum, cinnamon sticks, toothpicks, licorice, straws, a worry stone, a water bottle, low-fat snacks, notes to encourage and praise the quitting effort, a new toothbrush and toothpaste, and hard candies.
• Give coupons for fun activities such as hugs, walks, massages, concerts, or movies.
• Be ready for withdrawal symptoms your loved one might have such as irritability and fatigue—especially during the first week—and try not to take the behavior personally.
• Help your loved one stay active by joining him or her on a bike ride, for a tennis match, or other outdoor activity.
• Offer to buy nicotine patches or gum, or a relaxing book or CD.
• Visit or call your loved one just to listen to his or her concerns and feelings.
• Prepare healthy, low-fat meals and snacks. • Take the person out to a smoke-free restaurant or social event. • Send a card congratulating him or her on quitting.
• Give a piggy bank to your loved one for the money he or she saves by not buying tobacco products.
• Help remove or clean items that may remind the person of his or her habit such as ashtrays and smoky clothing.
• Wash your loved one’s car and include an interior cleaning. Tis will help remove any smoke odors.
• Give your loved one a gift certificate for a manicure if he or she is quitting smoking. Smoker’s fingers and nails may have yellowed from smoking.
• Recognize how hard your loved one is working at the quitting process; acknowledge efforts verbally or with written notes.
• Give daily praise and compliments. Ask friends and family for their support and encouragement, too.
• Celebrate the first tobacco-free week, month, and each year. • Trow a six-month tobacco-free party.
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