How to stop teens from smoking. Tips and advice for parents
In Spain, where we live, it is quite common to see young teenage children smoking and in other European countries numbers of teenagers smoking are rising. As an ex-smoker it’s very easy to spot the teenager smoking their very first cigarettes. They usually don’t have a packet, just a single cigarette so they probably stole it from a family member or family friend. When they are smoking for the first time it’s almost comical to see the way they light it, puff on it without inhaling, stare at it, fiddle with it, tip the ash off constantly and check furtively to see if anyone is watching them smoke while they try to keep what they think is a distant and aloof look on their young face. It is a comical act which would almost be funny if it was not tragic. Because it is tragic to see kids being tricked what might become years and years of wasted time, health and money.
Cigarettes are difficult for kids to buy in Spain. Most bars have cigarette machines but they are turned off and need to be activated by remote control by a staff member. So it’s safe to assume that teens have trouble buying cigarettes. The first cigarettes are often stolen from family members who smoke. So if you are a parent and don’t want your kids to smoke, then the most important thing you can do is to stop smoking yourself.
There are many other tips for making sure your teens don’t start smoking, both for parents who smoke and parents who don't. We we will tell you more in a future special edition of “Stepbac® from Smoking” for parents, to help them stop their teens from smoking. But in the meantime knowing how smoking works is a big help. So we can recommend “Stepbac® from Smoking”