Does your friend have a smoking habit? Do you want them to kick the habit? However you do not know how to approach the conversation. You feel like maybe the person might get mad or ignore your plea entirely. Well you are not alone. With the right guidance and tips you can have quite the conversation with your friend about getting rid of that smoke. So how do you go about talking to a friend about his or her smoking habit? Well here it goes.
When you start the conversation sincerity sometimes works. Concern can also help. Express concerns about their health, especially if they are a heavy smoker. Constant coughing could mean they have a health risk that should be checked out. Your concern can help them see what it may be and might even help them quit if smoking is related to the health diagnosis. Sometimes going hand in hand can be the solution too. Say if you have a bad habit, such as eating a lot of junk food or some other thing. If the person makes a pledge or promise to quit smoking, try quitting a bad habit of your own too and also make a pledge. You and your friend can go on the journey together and overcome your difficulties as one.
If you cannot approach the conversation with concern, try some humor if comedy is more of your style. Some people try doing funny things such as making a wish list. At the very top of the list, they will request their friend to quit smoking. Since smoking makes teeth turn yellow, some people have put quite a funny touch to get the point across. They will buy whitening toothpaste and present it their friend in order to get the message about the teeth. Maybe by also doing it, your friend can get the message too!
If none of these works maybe the time has come for you to get extra help for your friend. QuitNet and The American Lung Association can give the help your friend might need. There is even a quit smoking website that has what is called the Quit Smoking Action Plan. There is also the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. You do not want the idea of your child dying from smoking in the future. Do not wait another second. Talk to your friend and express the help and importance of quitting that smoke!