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Quitting Smoking: Conversation starters

Be positive.

“You are important to me. I want you to live a long, healthy life.”

“Your body will benefit right away. Twelve hours after you smoke your last cigarette, the carbon monoxide level in your blood will drop to normal.”

“After a few months, you’ll breathe easier and have more energy.”

“No more bad breath!”

“Think about how much money you’ll save.”

Share steps to quitting.

“Make a list of your reasons for quitting. Keep the list where you’ll see it often.”

“Set a date to quit. Give yourself 2 weeks to make a quit plan.”

“Talk to your doctor about medicines that can help you quit.”

“Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) for free support and coaching.”

“Throw away your cigarettes, matches, and ashtrays – at home, in the car, and at work.”

Offer support.

“Tell me how I can help you quit.”

“I promise to understand if quitting makes you irritable and anxious.”

“Let’s go for a walk.”

“Let’s decide how to celebrate after you’ve been smoke-free for a month.”