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Network of supportive people

Build Your Support Network

A strong support network can make a difference in your quit, so make sure to let your friends and family know how they can help. You can also try building your support group with new friends: ex-smokers. They know all the tricks and can help come up with great smoke-free activities to keep you busy.

As for your friends and family who smoke, it might be best to avoid them for a little while. Let them know how important your quit is, and even ask them to quit with you, if you’d like. Just don’t let them suck you back in.

If you do find yourself in a situation where you can’t avoid smokers, follow this advice to make sure you stay strong and don’t slip up:

  • If possible, try to excuse yourself until everyone is finished smoking
  • Ask them to help you stay quit by not letting you have a cigarette—no matter what
  • Use the time productively. Figure out what you used to like best about these situations and look for those qualities in your new activities
  • Don’t buy, carry, light, or hold anyone’s cigarette
  • Don’t let anyone smoke in your home or car