Supporting a spouse to quit smoking

My brother in law has finally decided to kick his smoking addiction now that my sister is pregnant. My sister is elated but letting go of a 15 year old addiction will not be easy. Any tips I can give my sis to support a spouse who is quitting smoking? I feel her help and support will really be important when the going gets tough.

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Sabiha Khan
June 7, 2017

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Anonymous July 13, 2017 - 10:22 am
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Sabiha Khan June 8, 2017 - 8:56 am

Those are some great tips. Thank you so much!*p*

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Sabiha Khan June 8, 2017 - 8:56 am

Thank you. I will definitely ask my sister to remind him to stay hydrated.*p*

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Sabiha Khan June 8, 2017 - 8:56 am

I tried suggesting a de-addiction expert but with a child on the way, they want to save money. Hopefully he can get there by himself*p*

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Rishav Ray June 8, 2017 - 8:56 am

Initial days will be hard but with time he would be able to let go of the habit. It is advisable to drink lots of water whenever he feels like smoking. But he will have persevere a lot for sure.*p*

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UpasanaArora June 8, 2017 - 8:56 am

That's a wonderful decision.*p**p*I think what your sister can do is constantly encourage him, because it is extremely difficult initially. There are a lot of stories online about people who have given up smoking and how they dealt with it. If she knows of people herself who have done so, she could site their examples to him. And most importantly, it is the reason why he has given it up that is going to be his biggest motivation! :-)*p*

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modernromeo June 8, 2017 - 8:56 am

Very very difficult. I am a smoker…the first 21 days will be wthe worst. Give him some candy to chew on. Also he may show withdrawal symptoms. Give him more coffee…tea…*p*

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DeeptiMenon June 8, 2017 - 8:56 am

A person giving up smoking goes through hell. It is vital to support him or her, be around, endure the temper tantrums which will follow and try and engage his/ her mind with other enjoyable pursuits. The results are worth it.*p*

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DrSanjeevTrivedi June 8, 2017 - 8:56 am

Not a de-addiction expert or a centre, just a good physician's prescription is what is needed. There are oral medications and also skin patches to be worn behind the ear, for getting rid of the desire of nicotine.*p**p* *p**p*He is saving money by not smoking. :-)*p*

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DrSanjeevTrivedi June 8, 2017 - 8:56 am

Since it is hard to give up, the best would be to do it under a doctor's guidance. There are medications that make the process easier. To hook on to other things like chewing gum, clove or mints also help in a small way. *p*

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Ayushi June 8, 2017 - 8:56 am

First, ask him to cut it down. He can only be allowed to smoke after a meal (because smokers generally need a smoke after lunch or dinner). Bit by bit. Maybe then one per day, then every weekend. Then only one per week. And this would help. I have seen people who followed a certain pattern then got out of it. Or try some alternative for it. Like E-cigarettes or something. *p*

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