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Quitting Smoking Solo Versus with a Friend

Everyone has his or her own way to quit smoking. Some like to go it alone, while others prefer the support of a friend. There’s no right way to quit smoking - you need to do what works best for you, especially on the tough days. Consider these points when quitting solo or with a friend.

Quitting Solo

Only you can make yourself quit smoking. Doing it with someone else or supporting someone else is all well and good, but, in the end, it’s you who needs to stick with it.

  • No Need to Compromise
    You can do whatever works for you. The last thing you need when you’re trying to quit is to have to worry about other people. Solo quitting allows you to be selfish (in a good way) and focus on your own quit plan.
  • Choose Your Support
    You can choose which friends, family, and work colleagues can offer you the best support during your journey to a smoke-free life.
  • Less Influence
    If your friend fails, there might be a chance of you taking the easy way out. “Well, they gave up so I can too.” By going it alone, you’re less likely to be influenced by the ups and downs of other quitters.

Quitting with a Friend

Sometimes we need others to help us get through the tougher times. Quitting smoking can be a difficult journey, and as the saying goes: a problem shared is a problem halved.

  • Guaranteed Support
    A quit buddy is more likely to understand what you’re going through than your non-smoking partner or friends. Your buddy will be going through the same emotions, cravings, and difficulties so you’ll have support when you need it.
  • Helping Others Can Be Easier
    By quitting with a friend, you’re helping someone else reach their non-smoking goal, which can be great motivation.
  • Less Temptation
    When your friend stops smoking, you’re less likely to associate her with smoking. Once you’ve both quit, being together won’t tempt you to start again.
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