5 Quit-Smoking Obstacles—And How You Can Help!

You can help your loved one with diabetes win the battle against nicotine addiction. The trick: Try one of these simple stop-smoking tricks today.

Susan Amoruso
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Obstacle #4: Relapse
The process of quitting can be a long, difficult road that may require multiple attempts. The average smoker tries to quit 8 to 11 times before finally kicking the habit.

What you can do: Pick up your cellphone and send a text. Sounds simple, but research published in Lancet suggests that motivational and supportive text messages more than double quit rates. According to the study, messages that focus on dealing with cravings and preventing weight gain are most effective. For example, the craving-related text in the study read: “Cravings last less than 5 minutes on average. To help distract yourself, try sipping a drink slowly until the craving is over.”

Obstacle #5: Social pressure 
Smoking is often a social activity, so your loved one may not want to quit for fear of losing friends. Yet studies show that the urge to quit may be contagious, prompting a spouse, friend, coworker or sibling to stop smoking, too.

What you can do: Plan a potluck dinner with your loved one’s friends and family. During the meal, don’t forget to point out another benefit of quitting: an improved sense of smell and taste! 

April 2013