Help Your Partner Quit Smoking
You’re dealing with an adult, one who has likely been smoking
for several years. Around 70 percent of smokers say they want to quit, so odds
are your partner may already be thinking about it.
Express to your partner the concerns you have for his or her
health and explain how important it is to you that your spouse or partner is
around for the longer term.
Don’t Push Too Hard
If your partner thinks you are beginning to nag, he or she may
stop listening to you completely. It is important to approach the discussion in
a measured way and then know when you have said all you should for that day.
Give your partner things to think about, and let him or her come to you to talk
about it when the time is right.
Tell Your Side of the Story
smokers don’t realize the emotional and physical damage their habit has on
loved ones. In addition to the hazards of secondhand smoke, the price of
cigarettes can be exhaustive on a family’s budget.
your partner with a cost analysis and then show him or her what your family
could have if money wasn’t thrown away on cigarettes—a vacation, new furniture,
a better car.
supportive is essential, especially on the hard days. Nicotine is a drug, and a
nicotine addiction can be emotionally and physically painful, especially as
your partner encounters withdrawals and cravings.
or she needs a distraction from a craving, play a game, take a walk, or work in
the yard together. The point is to find something your partner enjoys to serve
as a distraction from the cravings.