How to stop children from starting smoking? Tips for parents
The most important tip is not be a parent who smokes. As a smoker, the concept of telling children that smoking is bad for them and they should never smoke sounds simple, but it will probably not work. Why? Because this approach sends children the message that although smoking is very bad, adults are allowed to smoke, but children are not.
That implies that when your children become adults, then they can make their own lifestyle choices and therefore choose to smoke. This is not a good message. The message should be that neither adults nor children should be allowed to smoke because smoking is an addiction and not a lifestyle choice. So to have any chance of stopping your kids from smoking, then the first thing you should do as a parent is not be a smoker. You should not be a social smoker, or vaper, or party smoker either. You must be a non-smoker.
The implication that starting and stopping smoking is a lifestyle choice is wrong. As we explain in our book “Stepbac® from Smoking” people have an easy choice to start smoking, but they do not have the same easy choice to quit smoking. Smoking is a nicotine addiction and a series of smoking habits.
Children learn from their parents and they emulate their parents and other role model adults. One of the main reasons children start smoking is because they want to be adult and appear adult. So when their parents or other family members smoke, or when teen idols smoke, then children think that when they smoke they are adults.
So when smoker parents use the "do as I say and not as I do" is doomed to failure and often children of smokers are lured into smoking themselves. Not least because they have also have easy access to stealing a couple of cigarettes from family members who smoke. Most young smokers start this way.
To stop children from smoking parents should first quit smoking themselves and then educate their children about nicotine and cigarette smoking and the enormous implications smoking can have on the lives of their children.
And even if you don't smoke then it's still a great idea to educate yourself as a parent about smoking and then pass on the information to your children.
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