Over 70 percent of tobacco users admit they want to quit. If your loved one smokes, chances are good that they would like to stop. Show you care by helping your loved one quit this Valentine’s Day. Here’s how:


Over 70 percent of tobacco users admit they want to quit. If your loved one smokes, chances are good that they would like to stop. Show you care by helping your loved one quit this Valentine’s Day. Here’s how:
First, offer support. Tell him or her you think they can make it. Sometimes quitting for good takes several tries. Each try is good practice. Ask what worked well in the past and what situations posed problems. This way, you will be helping to make a quit plan.
Next, help think of reasons for quitting, write them down, and set a target date. Encouragement, rather than scolding or preaching is best, so give lots of praise and let them know how much you admire them for trying. Be ready to help in those first few days. Offer your time, attention, and encouragement.
Diversions are important. Plan activities together like walks, swimming, and yoga, skiing, or skating. Exercise helps in many ways. Exercise reduces anxiety, enhances mood, and improves circulation; all important when quitting.
For a quit tobacco program, visit Penn State Cooperative Extension, 514 Broad Street, in Milford or call (570)296-3400. Group or private counseling, support, and nicotine replacement is free, thanks to a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.