- Put yourself in their shoes. Quitting can be really hard. If you’ve never smoked or vaped, read up on it. It’s important to show you understand that quitting is a big deal for them.
- Talking vs. texting: Do whichever feels more comfortable. We suggest talking to your friend on video chat (or in-person if you can practice social distancing). By seeing and hearing them it’ll be easier to tell how they feel. Try not to talk to them when they are vaping.
- Be specific. Point out the exact changes you’ve noticed in their behavior and let them know that’s why you’re concerned.
- Stay in your lane. Don’t assume you know how they feel or what they’re going through. You may not have any idea.
- Listen, don’t lecture. Let them share. You are there to listen. They need to feel they can be open and honest without being judged.
- Don’t add pressure. Let them know you care about them regardless of whether they decide to quit or not.
- Offer your support. Bring them healthy snacks; be a workout buddy; keep them busy in other ways to keep their mind off vaping. Suggest they talk with a trusted adult. And offer something up like This is Quitting or My Life, My Quit.
- Be patient. When people try to quit, they may not succeed on their first try. That's okay. People learn along the way and can use you as a cheerleader for the next time they try.
If you vape and want to quit, get talking too! Talking to a friend about wanting to quit and asking for their support is a great way to get started. More information on getting support.