How to Encourage (Not Shame) People to Quit Smoking

Smoking kills six million people per year. Help your loved ones quit NOW.

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We don’t have to tell you that smoking is bad. In fact, most smokers don’t even need much convincing.

Almost 70 percent of smokers want to quit. But of those who try to kick cigarettes each year, only four to six percent are successful, and two-thirds of them relapse within two days of their attempt.

Overcoming the addictive power of tobacco requires more than just will power. Those making the life-changing choice to quit smoking need support, encouragement, and positivity from the people they love most.

The solution: Give it to ‘em!

Throughout the month of January, DoSomething.org, a global social change organization dedicated to making the world suck less, is challenging teenagers to create cards for a smoker in their life, encouraging that person to make a New Year’s resolution to quit smoking.

The cards—designed digitally or by hand—should include a heartfelt message as well as the phrase, “Text QUIT to 38383 to get resources on how to quit,” which will provide three day’s worth of motivational tips and tricks.

The takeaway of the "Quitters Always Win" campaign is that quitters should be supported as they make this healthy adjustment, not shamed for a habit that they’re working so hard to drop.

For more information, visit DoSomething.org/winner