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Helping someone quit smoking can be challenging, but here are some steps you can take to support them:

Encourage and support their decision: Let the person know that you support their decision to quit smoking and that you are there to help them along the way.

Educate yourself: Educate yourself on smoking addiction, including the risks, withdrawal symptoms, and available resources for quitting.

Help them find resources: Help the person find resources for quitting, such as nicotine replacement therapy, support groups, or professional counseling. In addition, you can help them identify healthy activities or hobbies that can keep them occupied and help them stay away from smoking.

Be supportive and non-judgmental: Be supportive and non-judgmental towards the person. Avoid criticizing or shaming them, and instead, offer them positive reinforcement and encouragement.

Create a smoke-free environment: Create a smoke-free environment for the person to help them stay quit. This may involve avoiding places or situations where smoking is present, or providing emotional support when they experience cravings or difficulties.

Set boundaries: Set clear boundaries with the person around their smoking and the impact it is having on your relationship. This may involve setting limits on their behavior or refusing to enable their smoking.

Celebrate successes: Celebrate the person’s successes, such as going a certain number of days without smoking or attending a support group meeting. Use these successes as motivation to keep going.

Remember, quitting smoking is a difficult journey that requires ongoing support and commitment. By encouraging and supporting their decision, educating yourself, helping them find resources, being supportive and non-judgmental, creating a smoke-free environment, setting boundaries, and celebrating successes, you can help the person in their journey towards a healthier, smoke-free life.