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How to Stop Your Boyfriend from Smoking

Last Updated: August 5, 2020 References

This article was co-authored by Tiffany Douglass, MA. Tiffany Douglass is the Founder of Wellness Retreat Recovery Center, a JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) accredited drug and alcohol treatment program based in San Jose, California. She has over ten years of experience in substance abuse treatment and was appointed a Global Goodwill Ambassador in 2019 for her efforts in residential addiction treatment. Tiffany earned a BA in Psychology from Emory University in 2004 and an MA in Psychology with an emphasis on Organization Behavior and Program Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University in 2006.

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When you care about someone, you don’t want to see him engaging in behaviors that are harmful to himself and others. Unfortunately, smoking can have both of these effects. Your help can make it likelier that he will give up the habit for good. However, you cannot force someone to quit, and the decision to do so is ultimately his responsibility.

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When you care about someone, it’s hard to watch them do something that you know is bad for their health. If your boyfriend smokes, you can’t force him to quit, but you can talk to him about it and offer him support. Since it can be hard to bring up a touchy subject, you may want to start by asking him how he feels about a recent smoking law or cigarette tax. Then, gently transition into asking him about his own habits. If he seems open to cutting down or quitting, ask him how you can help. You can offer regular check-ins, but if he discovers that this is more harmful than helpful, be willing to revamp. Another way to support him in his efforts to quit is to offer distractions, like having hard candies, straws, and cut up fruits and veggies for him to chew on. You can also ask him to exercise with you to help alleviate any stress or anxiety he has over quitting. To learn how to point out small victories while your boyfriend works on quitting smoking, keep reading!

How to Stop Your Boyfriend from Smoking. When you care about someone, you don't want to see him engaging in behaviors that are harmful to himself and others. Unfortunately, smoking can have both of these effects. Your help can make it…