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Quitting with a Little Help from Your Friends?

By J. Lee Westmaas, PhD

It’s no secret that trying to quit smoking is hard. It can trigger irritability, anxiety, depression, and all sorts of other unpleasant emotions and physical feelings. But quitting is one of the most important things you can do for your health, and for the health of others. 


Sometimes smokers who want to quit are told that they should get their social network –the people around them — to help, maybe by announcing to friends and family that they’re going to quit, and asking for their support. [more]


That support could be emotional — listening to the smoker vent frustrations, providing encouragement, or simply being extra tolerant of crabbiness caused by nicotine withdrawal. It could also be practical, like helping out with tasks when withdrawal symptoms get to be too much, or providing a distraction when a craving hits.


Support Linked to Success


Research shows that people desperately want to help their loved ones quit and often contact telephone hotlines and other cessation resources for information on how to help. The question is, does this support really make a difference? If so, it’s something we should encourage.


To find out, we need to look at the research evidence.… Continue reading →