You already know what I am going to tell you. My work is just reminding you of what you have chosen to forget or ignore, may be because of the super-fast lifestyle you are leading or just don’t know what to do about it. I wish to help you in knowing how you can help your friends and family members. Because people who are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke or passive smoking face almost twice the risk of a heart attack as people who live in a smoke-free environment. If your spouse, partner or friend smokes, then both of you suffer the consequences.
A few sentences of care and simple and sensitive acts can help them tremendously. You can help your loved one by following ways:
- You can talk directly about your concerns. Say something like, “I’m really worried because you’re coughing and I notice you’re short of breath. ”
- You will have to be compassionate as quitting smoking is unbelievably difficult.
- Encourage him or her to create a list of reasons to quit smoking, such as longer life for both of you, lower healthcare costs and being a good influence on children.
- You can help your partner pick a date to stop smoking cigarettes. Choose one that doesn’t fall on a holiday or at a time when they may be under a lot of stress.
- Now, let your smoking partner decide how you can help, such as being ready with alternatives when a craving strikes.
- Ask friends and relatives to reinforce your efforts. Smokers who hear the message from more than one person are more likely to listen. But don’t nag.
- There are products and programs that can help a smoker quit. Gather information from a doctor or pharmacist about products such as Chantix to help reduce the physical cravings. Or, link directly to their sites to gather right kind of information.
The author is a marketing head in an FMCG company, interested in issues like self-improvement, psychology and anti-smoking movements.