With Training, Friends and Family Can Help Loved Ones Quit Tobacco
* 80 percent of people given training or literature about effective smoking cessation strategies reported discussing smoking cessation with someone who used tobacco in the previous 3 months.
* People who received either web-based or in-person training about helping others quit tobacco were more knowledgeable and more confident about discussing smoking cessation.
Newswise — Today, one in five people in the U.S. smokes tobacco. Traditionally, doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers have been the ones to deliver smoking cessation messages. A new study in the American Journal of Health Behavior finds that simple training in effective smoking cessation strategies can motivate anyone—even those without a medical background—to encourage their friends, family and acquaintances to stop smoking.
“People are concerned about their own health and their loved ones’ health,” says lead study author Myra Muramoto, M.D. of the University of Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine. “They might want to help a loved one quit tobacco, but a lot of times they don’t know what to do.”