• Express your own concern about the smoker’s health
  • Acknowledge that the smoker may find it difficult to quit.
  • Be aware that nicotine withdrawals may make them grouchy and irritable; try to be understanding and forgive them.
  • Be encouraging and express your faith that the smoker can quit for good.
  • Give lots of praise and offer rewards for getting through a day, week, or a month without using tobacco products.
  • Offer to do things together that do not involve smoking.
  • Help them out in tough situations like social events and stressful times.
  • Suggest a specific action, such as calling a smoking quit line for help in quitting smoking.
  • Ask the smoker for ways you can provide support.
  • Don’t send quitting materials to tobacco users unless they ask for them.
  • Don’t criticize, nag, or remind the person about past failures.
  • Don’t tell them how easy it was for you or someone else you know who has quit.
  • Don’t use tobacco products around your friend.


Students can get free one-on-one tobacco cessation help through Student Health Services by calling 541-737-WELL or making an appointment at SHS.