Let’s face it. Quitting smoking can be pretty rough. If you’re ready, one of the best strategies is this: Don’t go it alone. Having a support system could make all the difference.
People who quit smoking tend to be more successful when they have support.
“The more people you have supporting you, the better,” says Jennifer McClure, PhD, a Group Health Research Institute scientist who leads the Institute’s tobacco studies. “If you’re serious about quitting smoking, think about those you can rely on when you need someone.”
Loop in your family and friends. Tell those around you that you’re quitting smoking. This may sound scary; it’s a bold move, certainly. But making a declaration and asking for cooperation makes you more likely to succeed.
It really is best to tell them before you quit, so they can support you.
You may wonder, “What if I fail? Can’t I just tell them after I quit?” You can, but why not get their help and increase your chances of success?
“It really is best to tell them before you quit, so they can support you,” Dr. McClure says.
Not sure? A few days before you try to quit, talk to the people you think will be most helpful to you.
Once you have an idea of who is on your team, know what to ask for. Let your support team know how you want them to help you. Tell them what they should do, such as:
Also be clear about what you do not want them to do, which may include:
Sometimes the best support comes from those who know what you are going through. Here are a few more ideas to help you build a strong support system: