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It can be hard to see a family member or friend use tobacco. You probably have concerns about their health and would like to see them quit for good. You also may be worried about your own health and the effects of secondhand smoke. The Quitline can help your loved one along the path of quitting tobacco.

Ways the Hawai‘i Tobacco Quitline Can Help

At the Quitline, we use clinically proven methods to help more than 450 people quit tobacco every day—and we can help your loved one in their quit journey. Here’s what makes our program effective:

Proven strategies

We offer a mix of support that includes coaching, access to an online community, education, and nicotine quit medications. We help people set up a plan for quitting tobacco and meeting challenges along the way. Our methods are proven by research. We have one of the highest success rates in the country, with a 37% quit rate for those who use coaching and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and a 90% participant satisfaction rate.

Caring, supportive tobacco quit coaches

Our quit coaches are among the most experienced in the country. They’re here to support your loved one. All our quit coaches have a college degree or equivalent clinical experience. They also completed extensive tobacco dependence training.

Understanding of tobacco use across all communities

Our coaches have compassion and understanding for your loved one. We know quitting poses different challenges for different people. We have a toolkit of proven strategies for people from all backgrounds and cultures. We work with women who are pregnant, new moms, teens, people with behavioral health concerns, and LGBTQ+ people.  We also work with people across racial and ethnic groups: Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, African American/Black, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian American, and Hispanic/Latinx.

Find out how the Quitline can support your ohana. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to learn more. You can also help your loved one enroll today—it’s easy and takes less than 5 minutes to enroll.

If you use tobacco, we can help guide you through quitting. One of the best things you can do to support your teen, family member, or friend is to quit yourself!

Additional Information

Giving up tobacco can make a very positive impact on the health and well-being of someone you love. We want to help you in your effort to become a support person by giving you more information and help you know what to expect in the quitting process.

Motivation & Reasons to Quit

It's important for a person to understand their own reasons for quitting so they know why they're quitting in the first place. Once somebody feels a personal need to quit, it makes the process easier. Here are some common reasons for quitting:

  • Desire to be healthy
  • Cost of tobacco products
  • Concern for the health of others
  • Tobacco use has become socially isolating and less acceptable
Support & Positive Outlook

Being a support person can be difficult. Remember that many tobacco users will quit several times before quitting for good. Support your friend or family member's efforts for as long as you can. Remember these important tips for positive support:

  • Celebrate all efforts to quit, no matter how small.
  • Find out what is encouraging to your loved one and offer those positive rewards often.
  • Continue to let your family member or friend know that you’re there to be supportive in whatever way they need.
Create a Plan for Success
  1. Learn about the tools that will help them to reach and maintain a new tobacco free lifestyle.
  2. Be patient. Withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, frustration, headaches, and lack of concentration can be difficult for you both.
  3. Know your role. You are a support person. It’s not your responsibility to make someone quit.
  4. Be aware that the urge to smoke again can occur months after quitting. Your friend or family member needs your support in this very hard time.
  5. Be prepared if your friend or family member doesn't stay quit this time. Remember slips and relapses are normal and can lead to greater success in the future. Continue to support your loved one by communicating your unconditional support.