Smoking is becoming a rampant habit among teenagers today. While it may start innocently, note that seasoned smokers start during their teenage years – giving rise to smoking-related problems during adulthood. To discourage them from forming a habit, consider the following advice.
Set A Good Example
Teenagers can be independent but are still impressionable. Set an example by not smoking or going clean yourself. If you’re a smoker yourself that are having difficulties, try and avoid smoking in front of children or leaving smoking items in view.
People can quit addictions at any point. And, even after decades of heavy marketing of smoking cessation aids, most smokers disregard the ads and still quit on their own. — Stanton Peele Ph.D.
It’s very simple. They see you doing it, and they will do it also. Lead by example – if you don’t smoke, your teen will most likely not smoke too. (But still, some do the vice, even if you’re not smoking yourself. Just be patient with them and go to the following advice.)
Understand The Addiction
Teen smoking can be an outlet for several teen issues not linked to the actual addiction on nicotine. Smoking can be a form of rebelling, a result of peer pressure or used as a means to project a cool image. Media and advertisement could also prey on these issues and insecurities to promote smoking to teens. Consider a sit-down talk about what could be influencing your teens to smoke and address the problems if capable. Most parents who have a nurturing relationship with their teens raise them well, without addiction issues.
When you quit smoking your body is able to heal itself. Within a few minutes your heart rate and blood pressure return to normal. — Amy Copeland, Ph.D.
Lay Down The Facts
Smoking can have far-reaching immediate and long term effects. Smoking can be an expensive habit to keep and a hard habit to break once addicted. It can also wreck a person’s appeal – bad breath, yellowing teeth, and smelly clothes or hair are immediate effects that can come from smoking. Appeal to a teenager’s vanity and layout the immediate and prolonged effects.
Some things are best left unsaid but not when you’re trying to make a point. Be vocal of your disapproval of your teen with his smoking and lay down the ground rules. Expect resistance from your teen, but temper this with compassion. Meeting resistance with anger will push your child to rebel and hide a smoking habit even more. Be firm and yet, understanding. While you cannot see him with what he does with his time
Educate Your Teen About The Consequences
Smoking may seem ineffectual to teenagers but that may be due to lack of information rather than being naive. Prolonged smoking can manifest in grave health concerns in the future that can lead to sickness, suffering, and death. Educate them on the consequences by using real-life examples of that are relatable or looked up to by teenagers. This can ground your concerns with theirs and create a rapport for better comprehension.
Finally, get involved in saying no to smoking. Participate in anti-smoking campaigns and promote non-predatory practices from tobacco or cigarette companies that cater to teens. Still, talking to teens and educating them early is the best countermeasure to a smoking habit – invest some time in your children to ensure they have a lifetime of health.