Tips on How to Talk and Discourage Children from Smoking Tobacco

Tips on How to Talk and Discourage Children from Smoking Tobacco

Smoking is very well glamorized in tv shows, online and even in movies. Leaving no choice for children but get attracted to it. However the biggest influence a child must have should be of his/her parents. Follow these tips to protect them;

  • Be honest with your child and straight forwardly tell them that you do not want them around cigarettes or even be near to e-cigarettes like (juuling and vaping), or make use of any different kind of tobacco. Speak to them about the products that include nicotine so that they are well aware before hand and if in case they are ever unsure about anything then encourages them to ask.
  • It is better if you take this responsibility of teaching your child around the age of 5 to 6, and continue doing it till they reach high school. Most of the kids put their hand at tobacco by age 11, while many are already addicted by 14. Make them learn about its unpleasant physical effects and dangers like discoloured nails and teeth, bad breath etc.
  • Youth today are making use of e-cigarettes at an alarming speed. Just the mere joy of doing so is increasing them in number. Youth are getting addicted to e-cigarettes as compared to combustible cigarettes.
  • You don’t give them the reason to get drawn to such a thing, that said, never allow yourself to smoke in front of them ever.
  • Try establishing a policy at your home that is smoke-free. Don’t let your friends or relatives smoke or drink indoors.
  • Be sure that your kids attend smoke-free events
  • Schools that are tobacco free must be supported and tobacco prevention education must be insisted.
  • Keep a check if your kids are interacting with anyone who smokes vape or e-cigarettes and make them cautious about how not to accept it.
  • If in case you ever come across your child indulging in this habit, avoid giving ultimatums or threats. Ask them politely on why they decided to go ahead with something like this, and ask them about the changes that can be done in order for them to avoid it.
  • Make them understand that how tobacco industry spends immense amount of money to attract its customers, and make them as appealing as possible. They have also aggressively started marketing e-cigarettes to the younger generation. Flavours of e-cigarettes like gummy bears and bubble gum attract the youth. Let your child know that how they are manipulated and targeted by these tobacco companies. Giving such knowledge can help them understand things better and might motivate them for not continuing this act.
  • Encourage physical and sport activities for your family.
  • Never ask them to even buy it for anyone else.
  • Tell them how their fitness level will also take a backseat once they start doing so.
  • Besides, explain to them on how all the money could be saved instead for other joyful activities and buying of clothes, books etc
  • Tell them that you have made a lot of effort on inculcating certain values in them, so they must dishonour it in this manner.