Support and Resources
Support and Resources
If you have a friend or family member who is quitting smoking or smokeless tobacco, you might benefit from seeking out additional support. The following is a list of resources that offer information and guidance for friends and family:
Helping a Loved One Live Smoke Free: What Works, What Won't, and Why
By Barbara White Melin
Smokers and Quitters: What Smoking Means To People And How They Manage To Quit (Paperback)
By Erli Gronberg and Katherine Srb.
Help Your Smoker Quit: A Radically Happy Strategy for Nonsmoking Parents, Kids, Spouses, and Friends
By Jack Gebhardt
Counseling Parents to Quit Smoking: An Article from Pediatric Nursing
By Sharon L. Sheahan and Teresa A. Free
Empty Cribs: The Impact of Smoking on Child Health
By Michael Dean
Helping Women Quit Smoking: Results of a Community Intervention Program
By Roger H. Secker-Walker
Jimmie Boogie Learns About Smoking
By Tim Brenneman
A Breath Away: Daughters Remember Mothers Lost to Smoking
By Anne Wainscott-Sargent
An Open Letter to Wives of Smokeless Tobacco Users
Steps to Seeing Your Spouse Stay Quit
A number of agencies and organizations provide information and materials where you can find help for someone who is quitting smoking. The quit smoking resources in this site include a comprehensive list of government and non-profit guides for quitting smoking. Use the additional ideas below to get started in gathering support:
- State and local health agencies often have information about community programs to help people quit smoking.
- The local or county government section in the phone book (blue pages) has current phone numbers for health agencies.
- Information to help people quit smoking is also available through community hospitals
- The yellow pages (under "drug abuse and addiction"), public libraries, health insurance companies, health fairs, bookstores, and community quitlines.
- Several federal agencies and national organizations provide information about how to quit smoking.
The health benefits of quitting smoking far exceed any risks from the average 5-pound weight gain that may follow quitting.