How to Tell a Person to Stop Smoking
by Kristan Hart
Times have changed, and public perception of smoking has changed drastically over the years. Understanding the negative health implications has encouraged some people to stop smoking; others are driven to stop smoking because they can no longer do it in many public places. If you have a friend who continues to smoke, odds are that friend has thought of quitting at least once. If you're ready to tell a person to stop smoking, you might be able to provide the support needed for your friend finally to kick the habit for good.
Talk to your friend about smoking. Explaining the social effects and the health effects of smoking may be enough to help your friend stop smoking. For example, you may not want to be around your friend when he smokes because of the health risks of secondhand smoke. In addition, because so many places do not allow smoking, it may no longer be fun for you to spend time together.
Take a stand. Make sure your friend knows that you don't approve of smoking. Try to approach this subject with compassion because your friend doesn't want to feel judged. However, your friend should know how you feel.
Put down your cigarette, if you're a smoker. If you don't smoke, keep it that way. You can't convince a friend to stop smoking if you're not willing to quit too.
Remind your friend about the unattractive qualities of smoking, such as a chronic cough, smelly clothes, yellow teeth and bad breath.
Determine the amount of money your friend spends on cigarettes, and share that information. While some smokers do realize how much they pay, others don't. Realizing the amount of money spent might help your friend stop smoking.
Support community opportunities to oppose smoking. Openly supporting public smoking bans and participating in efforts to reduce smoking will set a good example for your friend.