When parents become aware that their high school or middle school child has been smoking, they must be careful in the ways in which they discourage their children from continuing the habit. Sometimes lecturing about the evils of tobacco proves to be dismal at best. Children are not concerned about their health or the prospect of dying over an extended amount of time because of smoking. It’s hard for them to think past their present.
The best approach is to talk to your children about the ways that smoking cigarettes will affect them in the short-term. Stinky smelling hair and clothing, yellow teeth, bad breath, shortness of breath and reduced stamina are all effective ways of discouraging your children from smoking.
Remember that the children who are smoking are the ones that have the most access to cigarettes. So if you smoke, know that you could be their primary supply source. A cigarette here and there may go undetected to someone who smokes a pack or two of cigarettes a day, but it’s enough to get a young person and their friends hooked. Be sure to talk to your kids about not smoking beginning in grade school, as studies show that 25 percent of children under 13 have smoked an entire cigarette. Try role-playing with your children to help them practice what they might say if they are offered a cigarette.
Quitting smoking is the best thing you can to help keep your kids from smoking. The Mayo Clinic reports that only 2 percent of adolescent smokers have nonsmoking parents. By contrast, 15 percent of adolescent smokers have both a mother and father who smoke.
This should be obvious, but it's worth emphasizing. the best way to deter your children from smoking is by setting a positive example and being smoke free yourself.
Tim Whiston smoked two packs of cigarettes every day for many years, but he was able to put together a simple system that allowed him to drop the habit. Visit his site today for some great tips on how to stop smoking . Also be sure to check out his article on smoking and hollywood and visit his stop smoking lens at Squidoo.