Quitting Smoking: Conversation Starters
Most smokers want to quit. Support from a family member or friend can make all the difference. Use these tips to start a conversation about quitting smoking.
- “You are important to me. I want you to live a long, healthy life.”
- “Your body will benefit right away. Stopping smoking will help your blood pressure drop to a healthier level.”
- “After a few months, you’ll breathe easier and have more energy.”
- “Food and drinks will start to taste better!”
- “Think about how much money you’ll save.”
Share steps for quitting.
- “Write down your reasons for quitting. Keep the list where you’ll see it often.”
- “Set a date to quit. Give yourself up to 2 weeks to make a quit plan.”
- “Talk to your doctor about counseling, medicines, and other resources that can help you quit.”
- “Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) for free support and coaching to help you quit.”
- “Throw away your cigarettes, lighters, and ashtrays – at home, in the car, and at work.”
- "Visit Smokefree.gov for more quit tips."
- “How can I help you quit?”
- “I promise to understand if quitting makes you cranky or anxious.”
- “If you slip up, I can help you get back on track.”
- “Let’s do something relaxing, like going for a walk.”
- “Let’s decide how to celebrate after you’ve been smokefree for a month.”
- “If you find yourself reaching for a cigarette, you can call me instead.”