Advice for parents with teenage children to stop teenages from smoking.
Many parents want to know how to help their teenage children avoid smoking.
Most parents would advise their kids not to smoke. But like many other pieces of advice that parents give teenagers this might not be enough. Studies in the USA show that nearly 9 out of 10 regular smokers have already tried smoking before they were 18 years old.
Many parents think it is enough just to tell their teenage children that smoking is bad and they should not do it. Another way parents use is to to promise their children that they will get a big reward, like a car, or a driving license, if they don’t start smoking.
These methods sound good, but often they don't work. We were promised a driving licence if we didn't start smoking. We ended up paying for our own driving license. Many kids start smoking because they want to be little adults, and rebels and be cool among their friends.
Trying to bribe teens away from smoking often is not very successful is usually because niether parents nor teens really know about nicotine and how addictive it can be. Parents think they can bribe their kids into not smoking. Teens think they can smoke a bit and just stop when they feel like it. Both are wrong.
What will work?
How to really make sure your children won’t smoke. here's a new idea. Educate yourself and your family about smoking. Smoking is such a big waste of time, energy, money and health that we think the best way is to educate the whole family about smoking. So why not make it a family project to understand about cigarettes and how they work.
Start my educating yourself first as a parent. Do you think you know about cigarettes? Think again! You probably don't know much. Read our book "Stepbac® from Smoking" which is about smoking and how to quit smoking and then you will have a much better understanding of smoking and a much better chance of explaining how smoking can trick your kids.
Make it a family book club project to read the book and discuss it so that both parents and children understand how cigarettes and nicotine can fool anyone into become a smoker for years and years.
Instead of promising kids an expensive driving licence, or a car or some other expensive gift if they never start smoking, promise them a reward, if they read the book instead.
Even if you as a parent don't smoke and even if your kids don't smoke, it could be an eye-opener for you all to know the truth about smoking and how it can sneak its way into your children's lives at any time - not just as teenagers - but as young adults and even later in life.
What's in the book. The book “Stepbac® from Smoking” tells you all about the 4 things that make people want to smoke and then one way to stop smoking.
If no-one in the family smokes then of course you won’t need the last part, but the information about nicotine, habits, cravings and tobacco company marketing will be a big help for parents and children to understand that smoking is not just something you choose to try and then easily “unchoose” again. Smoking is very addictive and choosing to try even one or two cigarettes can affect your children's health for many years.
When we published our book “Stepbac® from Smoking”, Carl, one of the authors had a teenage daughter who was 17 years old, exactly around the age when many kids feel a bit rebellious and are tempted by trendy marketing or dubious friends to experiment with "adult" things like smoking and drinking.
His daughter read the book, even though she had never smoked, and after reading it, she felt that she was completely prepared to take a “Stepbac® from Smoking” if and when anyone her offered a cigarette or tried to convince her that smoking was cool and that she could just try one or two.
She knows now that the cigarettes and nicotine would be trying to trick her and she knows how to resist the temptation of trying smoking even once. Also she loved that this book, written by her dad’s and her uncle, was so easy and fun to read.
Like we said, instead of promising kids an expensive driving licence, or a car or some other expensive gift if they never start smoking, promise they something if they read the book instead.
Make them understand that the true gift will be a long and fulfilling life of health and happiness, if they make the effort to read the book and if they agree to discuss the book as a family project to see if everyone has understood the significance and the amazing benefits of not starting to smoke.
We sincerely believe, that teenagers read the book then they would be able to understand that smoking is not cool and understand what a negative impact it can have on their health. There is nothing scary in the book.
We don't use scare tactics or photos of sick people, but we just explain how the drug nicotine in cigarettes will try and fool your brain into smoking.
So if Carl’s teenager daughter found the book easy to read, fun and easy to understand so why not give it a try for your teenagers. It’s also available in paperback on Amazon.
If you already have teens who are experimenting with smoking, then you can also order a special edition signed by the authors with a special message for your kids. You never know - getting a signed edition with a message from both you and the authors might show how much you care about your children’s health which might make them pay attention.
Let us know how it goes. Oh and if you smoke yourselves as parents, we really hope you will read the book “Stepbac® from Smoking” and quit yourselves. It’s almost impossible to tell your kids not to do something that you do yourselves.