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For most people, quitting isn’t easy. It’s a personal challenge that is made more achievable with the support of those around them.

Whether you are a workmate, a health professional, or a concerned friend or family member, there are ways that you can show your support to people who are trying to quit smoking.

No one intends to be unsupportive, but sometimes we may not realise how our words or actions are impacting someone who is already dealing with the physical and mental challenges of breaking a deep-seated habit as well as recovering from an addiction.

Make sure you are being helpful by:

  • encouraging, rather than nagging
  • being a listening ear if the person quitting wants to chat
  • asking how you can help, rather than providing unsolicited advice
  • referring the person quitting to further support if you feel unable to help