Getting Support

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If you've tried to quit tobacco, you know how hard it is. Commitment, effort, and time are needed. You might say, "This time will be different." But then you relapse and start again. Perhaps you feel guilty or embarrassed. You told your family and friends you were quitting. Now what do you tell them?

Soon you get tired of telling people. So the next time you try to quit, you may feel the urge to tell no one. You may want keep it a secret. That way if you start using tobacco again, no one knows. But making a verbal or written "contract" with others not only helps solidify your commitment, but it also allows people to support you.

You may say, "Why should I ask for help?" Because quitting is difficult to do without support. Besides, there is no shame in relapse. It may take tobacco users multiple tries before quitting for good. Part of a smart quit smoking plan is asking for help. Your chances of success are better if you get help from the people in your life.

Most people in your life will be happy to hear that you're quitting. Chances are they will be pleased to help you. If your friends or family who smoke know you are trying to quit, maybe they won't smoke around you. They may even try to quit too.

What should you say? Read tips on how to tell family and friends your plans to quit.

Be sure to tell them why you are quitting. Tell them what you are trying to do. Tell them how hard it is. Tell them how much you want to quit.

You don't have to tell everyone that you are quitting. Just a few key people, the ones you know will support you.

Do It!
You've set your quit date. You have your reasons to quit. You know your tobacco/smoking triggers to avoid. You possibly have tobacco cessation medication at your disposal. You have a positive support group of people in place. Now you have to STOP all tobacco use. 

Quitting tobacco use is the single most important step towards best health!

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