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Quitting with a buddy

The best things in life are done with a close friend or loved one. If you're thinking about quitting with a friend, here are some tips.

Keep in mind:

Everyone is different 
  • Nicotine addiction levels differ, too. Some people get a lot of withdrawal symptoms when they quit, others just find it hard in social settings. Some benefit from nicotine replacement therapy products or quitting medications, others not.

  • Smokers have different smoking habits and routines and deal with stress differently.

  • Everyone is at a different place in terms of their skills and readiness to quit. You may be closer to quitting for good than your quit buddy or vice versa. 

What happens if one of you slips-up or relapses? 
  • Slip-ups (having a puff or a cigarette or two) or relapse (returning to regular smoking) are common and normal. It’s possible one of you will either slip-up or relapse. Talk about it beforehand. Make a plan for this and try to stick with quitting.  

  • Call Quitline if you have any questions or request a Quitline callback

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