By Lindsay M Fox
Quitting smoking is one of the most difficult things that a person
could do. This is because tobacco contains a highly addictive
substance called nicotine.
A person who is trying to quit this habit is definitely
going to pass through a tough period; nicotine cravings result in
irritability, insomnia and anxiety.
A person who is in the process of quitting smoking
generally requires a lot of support from family and friends
because relapses are all too common. If you know any
such person, there are a few topics of discussion that
you should avoid at all costs. They include:
1. It's really easy to quit; it's just a question of willpower.
2. A couple of cigarettes now and then wont hurt you
3. You don't need any of those nicotine products to get rid
of this habit
4. Herbal cigarettes are a good alternative to tobacco
5. You'll never be able to quit cigarettes; you've tried so
many times already
6. If you're using nicotine replacement therapy for a while
then you might as well start smoking again
7. Wow, have you put on some weight?
8. You seem to be very irritable these days. You were
better to be around when you smoked.
9. It's about time you quit smoking; don't you care about
10. Let me light up in front of you; let's see if you are serious
These different statements indicate just how little
knowledge most people have about the habit of smoking.
As a matter of fact, many people are not aware of how
addictive this habit is. As a result, they place unrealistic
expectations on the person who is trying to quit the habit.
In actuality, a person who is trying to quit will definitely
feel a lot of temptation to pick up a cigarette from time to
time. Even if the person does smoke, this is no cause for
ridicule; it only indicates the person's frailty.
Many people trying to quit this habit will benefit from
nicotine replacement therapy because it helps them deal
with nicotine cravings very easily.
Therefore, it is best to encourage a person to use these products,
even if for a long period, because nicotine by itself has only a
fraction of the dangers of cigarette smoke.
If you avoid making the above statements and ones similar to them, and
actually say their opposite to the person trying to quit the habit,
then you will be providing the right kind of support.