Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Stop Smoking: Message of Hope for Those trying to Quit

I was on a webinar today with the Center for Tobacco Cessation. The following is a highlight of the important points:

The most important advice to give a smoker is to try, try, try again. Give a message of hope since it takes the average smoker many attempts (maybe as high as 12-14) before they are successful at remaining smoke free.

Essentials when trying to help another quit:
1. Instill hope
2. Establish good rapport
3. Increase motivation
4. Boost self-efficacy
5. Encourage social support
6. Address ambivalence

Most smokers want to quit but they don't want to go through the quitting process. Stay positive, believe in progress, not perfection.

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