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.

Be positive.

“You are important to me. I want you to live a long, healthy life.”

“Your body will benefit right away. Soon after you smoke your last cigarette, your blood pressure will start dropping to a healthier level.”

“After a few months, you’ll breathe easier and have more energy.”

“Food and drinks will even 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.”

“Throw away your cigarettes, lighters, and ashtrays – at home, in the car, and at work.”

Offer support.

“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.