What is the best way to help a smoker quit?

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@magikrose (5425)
United States
November 2, 2006 9:12am CST
My husband wants to quit smoking, for me and our kids. Also for himself so he can live healthier. Does anyone have any ideas to how we can help him succeed?
7 responses
@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
2 Nov 06
My said this same thing to me back in 1988. He wanted my help in stopping his 30 year smoking addiction. The two of us went away alone for a weekend. I stayed with him every second and helped him to stay strong. He said that he thought about sneaking out for a smoke while I was sleeping but didn't want to disappoint me after my effort to help him. He made it through the entire weekend without smoking. I worried about Monday, however, when he went back to work and was again amongst other smokers. He said that day was very hard for him. However, in his mind he told himself that he had already experienced the two hardest days, and he'd never want to go through them again. That gave him the strength to resist. I'm proud to say that he hasn't smoked since that weekend.
@magikrose (5425)
• United States
2 Nov 06
That is awesom. I am hoping to get my husband over the hard part so he can resist also. Thank you for responding.
@ChewySpree (1834)
• United States
2 Nov 06
The most important aspect of quitting is that the person is ready (really, really ready) to quit, and that is why he is quitting. I smoked for around 20 years and quit by using Nicorette gum. It really did help with cravings. I wasn't moody or jittery as long as I had Nicorette, I wouldn't have been able to quit without it.
@maddog108 (3442)
• Australia
11 Nov 06
ive been trying to quit smoking now for a while and im tottally convinced the only way to suceed is to cut off both your hands but before you try my desperate ways try hand cuffs.however i have managed to cut it down a lot by getting hobbies that i enjoy that i cant smoke while doing them eg rowing my canoe up the river i suppose cutting it down is the first step good luck
@Jshean20 (14374)
• Canada
11 Nov 06
Well my sister and her husband both used to smoke and they helped eachother quit just be being supportive of eachother. If you're husband has a friend who smokes, I would suggest that they try getting through it together.
@aakruti_new (2174)
• United States
10 Nov 06
tell them the disadvantages
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
9 Nov 06
Do not harass. But encourage and use positive words. Great job! I'm proud of you! Your doing good! But if he slips up, just tell him it is okay and you have faith that he will do better. Or encourage by telling him that you know he can do it! I smoke and have tried to quit. But I have found that I can not only because my husband can not. I have tried and I am waiting for when he is ready to try again.
2 Nov 06
I have to agree with Nicorette gum.