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How Friends Can Help Friends Quit Smoking. Part 5

Posted by Lloyd on July 31, 2012
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If the ex-smoker is a partner or very close friend, be aware of relapse prevention. Relapse is most likely when an exsmoker has been drinking, is feeling depressed or angry, has high levels of stress or is experiencing interpersonal conflict. Continue reading…

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How Friends Can Help Friends Quit Smoking. Part 4

Posted by Lloyd on July 31, 2012
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Supporting quitters

Let’s say a close friend or family member has decided to quit. What can you do now to provide support during this critical period? Be understanding about the withdrawal effects your friend may be going through. If the ex-smoker is a family member, he or she may even be difficult to live with for a while. Continue reading…

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How Friends Can Help Friends Quit Smoking. Part 3

Posted by Lloyd on July 31, 2012
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Successful behavior change occurs when a person feels a sense of control and gains confidence. Forget about smoking for a minute, and think back to the last time you were criticized by a friend or family member. Maybe someone asked you to become neater, a better listener or more punctual. Maybe they pointed out a mistake you made or a weakness in your character. Continue reading…

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How Friends Can Help Friends Quit Smoking. Part 2

Posted by Lloyd on July 31, 2012
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A hard habit to break

The first step in encouraging a smoker to quit is to understand and acknowledge that smoking can be a hard habit to break. Smoking is a powerful psychological and physiological addiction. Continue reading…

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How Friends Can Help Friends Quit Smoking. Part 1

Posted by Lloyd on July 31, 2012
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“I’d really like to get my sister interested in working out with me,” one of your clients tells you. “I think hanging around the fitness center with people who care about their health would help convince her to quit smoking. I probably bug her too much, but what else can I do? I can’t stand watching her smoke herself into an early grave.” Continue reading…

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