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If your loved one is ready to quit, offer to help find 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. Some suggestions are below. For specific information about free resources, see the first page of this booklet.

• Group tobacco cessation programs • Individual in-person or telephone counseling • Complementary therapies such as acupuncture and self-hypnosis • Online quitting programs • Mobile apps

Encourage your loved one to meet with a doctor or health care provider to discuss medication options and health considerations. Medications are an important tool to help with the quitting process. If after four weeks of using a medicine your loved one continues using tobacco, he or she should follow up with a doctor.

What if my loved one slips or isn’t able to quit?

Most people try to quit many times before they finally succeed. If your loved one slips, he or she may feel discouraged. Encourage him or her to learn from the slipup and try again. Look at the reasons for the slip and come up with a plan for overcoming the situation next time. Your continued support can be very important to your loved one’s future success in quitting.

If your loved one slips up, your ongoing encouragement may be the best motivation to keep trying.

8 How to Help Someone You Love Stop Using Tobacco

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