Give the gift of health this Father's Day
Published at 19 June, 2023.
According to the national statistics office, across all constituent countries of the UK, 15.1% of men (around 3.7 million) and 11.5% of women (around 2.9 million) reported being current smokers.
A high percentage of these men are fathers. For their children, this can, unfortunately, increase secondhand smoke exposure, which can cause respiratory infections, ear infections, and asthma attacks.
In babies, secondhand smoke can cause sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Since 1964, about 2,500,000 people who did not smoke have died from health problems caused by secondhand smoke exposure.
Recent research from NatCen Social Research has even shown children aged 10 to 15 were more likely to smoke if either their mother or father currently smoked.
Give your dad the love and support he needs to quit smoking this Father's Day
Are you looking for an original, meaningful, and inexpensive Father’s Day gift that keeps on giving? If your dad smokes, show him your love by supporting him in quitting smoking. Quitting can take many tries, and he doesn’t have to do it alone - that’s what YSF are here for.
In the meantime, wondering how you can help support him. Read our expert tips below.
Helping someone quit smoking can be a difficult process. It requires patience, understanding, and perseverance. Here are some dos and don'ts when you're trying to help your dad stop smoking:
Understand his perspective
Smoking is an addiction, and quitting can be challenging. Understand that he might be stressed or scared about trying to quit. Respect their feelings and offer your support.
Share the health risks associated with smoking, along with the benefits of quitting. This could provide the motivation he needs to start his journey. Additionally, let him know about the resources available to help him quit, such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), prescription medication, and counselling
Encourage him to seek professional help
Numerous smoking cessation programs, therapists, and doctors specialise in helping people quit smoking. Encourage your dad to seek professional help if they're open to it.
Provide emotional support
Be there for your dad throughout his journey. Encourage him to share his feelings and struggles with you. Make sure he knows he is not alone in this process.
Help him develop a plan
Each person's journey to quit smoking is unique, so a tailored approach works best. Help him establish a quitting plan that includes setting a quit date, identifying triggers, and having strategies to handle cravings.
Promote healthy habits
Regular exercise, a balanced diet, and adequate sleep can all help manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Encourage your dad to incorporate these habits into his routine.
Be patient and supportive
Quitting smoking is a process, not a one-time event. There will likely be setbacks, but it's essential to maintain a positive, supportive attitude.
Even small victories like going a day, a week, or a month without smoking deserve recognition. Celebrating these milestones can keep motivation high.
Encourage him to join a support group
A community of people also trying to quit smoking can provide valuable camaraderie, understanding, and practical tips.
Limit exposure to triggers
Help your dad avoid situations, places, or people that make him want to smoke. This might mean making changes to daily routines or habits.
While it's crucial to provide support when helping someone quit smoking, there are also some things you should avoid. Here are some don'ts when helping your parents stop smoking:
Constantly reminding your dad to quit smoking can make him feel pressured and defensive. It's essential to communicate your concern loving and supportive rather than nagging.
If your dad relapses or has difficulty quitting, avoid criticising him. Remember, quitting smoking is a tricky process, and relapses are common. Be patient and encourage him to try again.
Don't minimise his struggle
Quitting smoking can be one of the most challenging things someone ever does. Don't underestimate the difficulty of his journey.
Don't smoke around him
If you're a smoker yourself, avoid smoking around your dad. This could trigger cravings and make it harder for him to quit.
Don't get discouraged
It can take several attempts to quit smoking successfully. If your dad relapses, don't get discouraged. Stay positive and continue to offer support.
Don't ignore his stress
Quitting smoking can lead to withdrawal symptoms, including stress and anxiety. Instead of ignoring these feelings, help your dad find healthy coping methods.
Don't push your agenda
Everyone has their own reasons for quitting smoking. It's essential to understand your dad's motivations rather than imposing your own.
Don't make it about you
While your feelings are important, remember this process is about him, not you. Focus on his needs and experiences rather than how smoking makes you feel.
Don't neglect his achievements
Even if he has quit for just a few days, don't neglect to acknowledge his achievement. Positive reinforcement can help keep your dad motivated.
Don't exclude other family members
Quitting smoking is a family affair. Make sure everyone in the family is on board and supportive of your dad's journey to quit smoking.
Fathers day ready
Remember, you cannot force someone to quit smoking. They have to want to quit. Your role is to provide encouragement, support, and resources to help them when they decide they're ready to quit.
For further help and support, don’t forget to contact our friendly team today.