Forget about blame or guilt. Your friend is really still learning how to quit - they are not failing. Remind your friend about how well he or she did during the time without cigarettes. Each time someone tries to quit is a step forward. Help figure out what led to the relapse and make a plan for what they'll do differently next time. The best thing to say to your friend is, "Good try! I still care about you and will help you until you quit smoking for good."
Try to feel good about all your efforts to help. You can prepare together for the next time your friend tries to quit smoking.
Suggest that your friend sign up for the [link to “stop smoking now” button sign-up] Freedom From Smoking® resources through this website, or call a local Easterseals to discuss in-person consultation and guidance through the program.
And you or your friend can always call the Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) for more assistance!
Adonis has been working with Easterseals since April 2013, to live a healthier, more independent life. Now, Easterseals is also supporting his effort to kick his smoking habit.