It’s that gift giving—and receiving—time of year again; the time of year that people break out their wallets and typically spend more money than they do during any other month. Sure, the latest and greatest electronic gadget might be a great gift, but there’s something else out there that’s way more meaningful and never gets outdated.

It’s the gift of SUPPORT, and it’s FREE!

This Holiday season think about offering an open ear, an encouraging word, or an added commitment to help someone who is trying to reach a personal goal. Holidays are often a time when people make new resolutions and reflect on loved ones and families. This has traditionally been a wonderful time to think about increasing daily activity, adding healthy foods to ones diet, or quitting the harmful habit of commercial tobacco use.

Healthy lifestyle changes not only benefit the individual, they are a gift to family and housemates, and they are also and investment in your future. It takes incredible resolve and strength to change behaviors, especially quitting tobacco, as it is one of the most addictive substances. It is difficult for anyone to take this on alone.

So, this holiday season, if you know someone who is attempting to stop commercial tobacco use, be sure to offer your support and encouragement.


Remember, the Montana Tobacco Quit Line is a proven, evidence based solution to tobacco addiction and is FREE to all Montana citizens. Tobacco users who utilize the Quit Line are 7-10 times more likely to succeed than those who try without support. Right now there are added benefits to those who call, including 6 weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy and discounted cessation medications including Chantix and Bupropion.  Encourage friends or family to visit or call the quit line at 1-800-QUIT NOW (784-8669).

That gadget under the tree will probably be outdated by year’s end, but this gift of support can truly last a lifetime.

For more resources to support a loved one this holiday season, visit Your encouragement is the most valuable gift you can give.