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When it comes to quitting, do you see yourself doing it alone? Maybe you’re an independent person or someone who solves problems on your own. Maybe you’ve quit by yourself before. Quitting alone can work for some people, but there are good reasons to bring friends, family and coworkers along for the ride. Read below to learn how their support can help you quit tobacco.

“I’ve heard that one before” – Elana’s story

Elana’s tried to quit before. At a recent party she couldn’t quite control her urge to smoke and bummed a cigarette. Her friend turned to her and said, “You haven’t stopped smoking; you just stopped buying.” 

Elana realized how right her friend was – she really hadn’t quit, she just wasn’t buying her own cigarettes. She knew she needed to commit to really quitting. So this time she did. But because she didn’t want to let her friends down in case she slipped up again, she kept her quit attempt a secret.

Is Elana making the right choice?

No. If Elana wants to quit for good, she’ll be most successful with her friends on her side.

Are you in Elana’s shoes?

If you’re worried about disappointing your friends or family, remember that their love and support can help you stay strong even when you have the urge to smoke. Instead of keeping your quit a secret, tell them what you need. All you have to do is ask.

“There is no one around to help me quit” – Miguel’s story

Quitting’s hard for Miguel. Everywhere he turns, people are smoking – including his wife and most of his friends. He’s almost quit several times but always finds it hard to stick with it because he keeps it to himself and never asks for help.

During his last quit attempt, he went out to dinner with his friends. Everyone smoked a cigarette afterward, and he decided to have one too. That was the end of that.

The quit before that, Miguel and his wife were on a long car ride. His wife decided she needed a smoke. He gave in that time too and had a cigarette with her.

What should Miguel do differently?

Every time Miguel’s tried to quit, he’s been surrounded by other smokers. And because he hasn’t told them about his desire to quit, they end up creating situations where it’s hard for him to stay strong. Telling friends and family, even if they’re smokers themselves, is a great way to get added support. Together they could come up with solutions. For situations like the long car ride, Miguel and his wife could make a no-smoking-in-the-car rule.

Are you in Miguel’s shoes?

Do most of the people you know smoke? Talk to them. Maybe they want to quit too but are afraid to bring it up. If they are interested in quitting, you can use one another for support during the quitting process. And even if they’re not ready themselves, chances are they’ll be willing to support you.

Quitting tobacco is an individual journey. But the support of friends and family is something that can be important when it comes to your ultimate success.