Your Teen Quit Smoking
Why Teens Smoke
back with Butt it Out
to Deal with A Teen Who is Smoking
Note About Addiction
To Help Yourself Quit Smoking
Everyone knows that tobacco manufacturers target teens!
They have to. They need new customers to replace the
ones they have killed.
This year about 30,000 kids in Canada will become
regular smokers. Quitting once you are hooked is not
easy. Ask any smoker.
* Over half of Grade 12 students who smoke are unable
to quit and more than 70% still smoke eight years
later due to nicotine addiction.
* 8 out of 10 teens who try smoking get hooked. 5
years later, 80% are heavy smokers.
Over 20% of high school girls are daily, regular smokers
* 80% of teen smokers would like to quit. Within months
of their first puff, most teen smokers struggle to
stop smoking, but most cant quit.
* 60% of teen smokers try to quit. Most smokers try
several times before stopping for good. So if at first
you dont succeed, try again.
* Most smokers start before they finish high school.
If you can make it to high school graduation without
smoking, chances are you never will start smoking.
Nicotine is a powerful, mood-altering drug that is
extremely toxic. It is as addictive as heroin and
cocaine. Tar is a dark, sticky combination of hundreds
of chemicals including poisons and cancer causing
substances. Chemicals are carried to every part of
your body by the blood.
is one of the most addictive substances in the world,
the reason most of us smoke is because we are hopelessly
addicted to it. Sure, we probably started off because
of peer pressure or we wanted something to relieve
our stress, but after a while we carry on smoking
simply because we are addicted plain and simple.
any addiction is never easy, and the longer youre
addicted for the harder it is to beat. Smoking is
probably the hardest addiction you will ever have
to overcome. But, it need not be that hard; in fact
with the right knowledge and the right
product it can actually be quite easy.
Why Teens Smoke
is dangerous to your health. A very famous anti-smoking
ad that is often neglected by smoking teenagers. Such
problems may arise, especially when dealing with out
of control teenagers. And this is where a parents
a parent of a smoking teenager, you might have no
idea why your teen starts to smoke. And the first
question that might cross your mind is how can I ask
my teen to quit? Before you can do this, its
important to understand a few things first.
Why Do Teenagers Start Smoking?
pressure is one of the most common reasons why teenagers
smoke. If one of their friends has started, they think
they have to smoke also. They do this to maintain
acceptance and the sense of belonging to a group.
reason for smoking teenagers is image projection.
An image is attached to cigarettes like
being cool, manly or grown up. Adolescence is the
time when teens struggle for identity. If teens want
to have one of these images, then smoking maybe the
answer theyre looking for.
at home may put a lot of pressure on your kids. And
they use smoking as a form of relief for the stress.
For many out of control teenagers, this is a result
of rebellion. Knowing that this will annoy their parents
and because it is forbidden, it becomes more alluring
like to act as if theyre dangerous or mature.
By smoking, they can act on those feeling. They might
just want to try it the first time but as we all know,
once you puff, it is hard to stop. This is because
nicotine is present, which is highly addictive but
ignored by many teens and adults alike.
Consequences of a Nicotine Habit
is a hard habit to break. Along with it, you can acquire
harmful effects to your health. If you smoke, you
can also end up with bad skin. Substances like nicotine
block blood vessels that prevent nutrients from reaching
the skin, which in turn causes premature aging.
are very much concerned with their appearance and
personal hygiene. Reminding them that cigarettes leave
smokers with persistent bad breath might turn them
away from smoking. And the stale smell of the smoke
often lingers in their hair and clothing, which is
extremely unappealing to others that dont take
up this nasty habit.
is also an increased risk of illness. And to top it
off, smoking teenagers may experience a greater risk
for injury and a slower healing process. As a parent,
you might want to discuss these consequences with
your son or daughter. Understanding more about this
harmful habit may lead you to a more informative conversation
with your teen.
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you find your teen smoking, take it seriously. Stopping
teen smoking in its tracks is the best way to promote
a lifetime of good health. Start talking.
could simply tell your teen to stop smoking. It's
an important message. But commands, threats and ultimatums
aren't likely to work. Instead of getting angry, be
curious and supportive. Ask your teen what made him
or her start smoking. Perhaps your teen is trying
to fit in at school, or maybe your teen thinks that
smoking will help relieve stress or pressure. Sometimes
teen smoking is an attempt to feel cool or more grown-up.
you understand why your teen is smoking, you'll be
better equipped to address smoking as a potential
problem as well as help your teen eventually
your teen to share his or her concerns.
the consequences of smoking such as cancer,
heart attack and stroke are real, they're probably
beyond the realm of your teen's concern. Rather than
lecturing your teen on the long-term dangers of smoking,
you might ask your teen what he or she considers the
negative aspects of smoking. Once your teen has had
his or her say, offer your own list of negatives.
Consider appealing to your teen's vanity:
* Smoking gives you bad breath.
* Smoking makes your clothes and hair smell.
* Smoking turns your teeth and fingernails yellow.
* Smoking makes you look pale and unhealthy.
* Smoking causes wrinkles.
* Smoking leaves you with a hacking cough and phlegm.
* Smoking zaps your energy for sports and other favorite
course, smoking is also expensive. Prompt your teen
to calculate the weekly, monthly or yearly cost of
smoking. You might compare the cost of smoking with
electronic gadgets, clothes or other items your teen
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of teens actually want to quit smoking! Ask your child
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to Deal with A Teen Who is Smoking
minor who smokes is not likely to walk right up to
their parents with a cigarette firmly between their
lips. Just because a parent doesn't see their teen
smoking doesn't mean that they don't have a smoking
habit. Parents need to talk to their child about smoking
and watch for signs that they are smoking. Smoking
can be a strong temptation for some teens, especially
teens that have friends or family that smoke, and
even though cigarettes aren't supposed to be sold
to minors, teens are still able to get them.
The First Reaction
have just found an empty packet of cigarettes in 15-year
old Anna's bathroom cupboard! Shocked, you are ready
to confront her and demand explanations. But before
* Respond, do not react. A reaction is immediate,
but a response is well thought and planned.
* Analyze what concerns you most. The fact that your
daughter smokes, that she has kept it from you, or
the reason she has picked up the habit? When a Parent
Judges, the Child Justifies and this does not bring
you closer to getting her to quit. You might have
greater success if you adopt the Adult role and Reason
* Do not trick or corner her into coming out with
the truth. Plan the words you will use, practice an
even tone and then tell her that you found the cigarettes
in the bathroom. Ask whether they belong to her. If
you are calm and expect her to be truthful, chances
are she will be. Even if she is rude or lies about
the cigarettes, work through the issue. The goal is
to get to the root of the problem and encourage her
does Anna smoke?
she being pressured at school? Is she not doing well
at school? Does she suffer from low self-esteem? Are
there problems at home? Are you nagging your child
over trivial matters instead of getting to the root
of the problem.
your answer to most or all of these is 'No', then
a possible reason Anna smokes is that she wants to
appear 'cool' to her friends. This requires a different
the answer to any of these is 'yes,' then you have
at least found your direction. You will have to uncover
her fears and problems layer by layer, until she is
comfortable with herself and does not need cigarettes
as a crutch. This is easier said than done. It takes
time. There will be setbacks. Anna may not want to
talk or she may not tell you the truth each time you
do talk. Avoid confrontations (I know you smoke -
how dare you?), threats (There will be no more allowance
until this stops!), pleas (don't you think you could
give up just for my sake?) and moralizing (is this
how you behave after all we've taught you?). Remember,
a teen is a child trying to learn how to act like
an adult, so treat her like an adult. Reason and talk
with her like you would a friend. Treat the issue
as something that concerns both of you deeply, not
as 'her problem.' You are not adversaries, you are
in it together. Together, the two of you might just
win the battle.
Tackling the Situation
smoking is a huge problem with teens, especially girls,
who are lighting up younger and younger. The mix of
tobacco and parental and social disapproval is too
much to resist. Telling them to quit and showing them
the dangers probably won't do much good, because it
will only make it seem more exciting. Preaching to
them would probably just make them continue to hide
it from you. The trick is to address the problem in
a way that will help them stop smoking immediately,
especially if they are in their early teens.
commonly, teens smoke because it is a 'cool' thing
to do. However, a large number of young people are
now aware of the dangers of smoking and try to quit
for several reasons including their health. Asking
anyone to quit smoking won't work until they want
to quit. As parents, we have our work cut out for
us finding out what will motivate our teens to quit
there is no single path to overcome the problem and
find a solution. How you handle the situation will
depend on your relationship with your teen, what strategy
you employ, and what works best for your teen. But
whatever you do, assure her of your unconditional
love and support. They may not admit or even realize
it, but all children need that structure and support
at home. They depend on it.
Note About Addiction
of the reasons smoking is so psychologically addictive
is because the method of delivery - smoke - has an
immediate effect on your system. In other words, you
are 'rewarded' right after the behavior - not 5 minutes
later, or half an hour later. Psychological research
shows that rewards or punishments that follow the
action quickly have a much greater effect than rewards
or punishments that are delayed. So the act of lighting
up is immediately rewarded, and it becomes a very
strong behavior, making it very difficult to quit.
our medicine mimics nicotine, but in a steady, all-the-time
way, NOT as a response to lighting a cigarette, and
also partially blocks the effects of real nicotine,
the act of lighting up isn't as 'rewarding' as before,
and the addiction itself is weakened. Both of these
effects make it easier to quit smoking.
keep in mind that the 'reward' of nicotine in the
brain is only one part of the physical and psychological
addiction to nicotine and smoking in general. There
are many other aspects of smoking dependence that
should be addressed by psychological and behavioral
techniques designed to help eliminate their effects.
See below, also our free E-Book has lots of good tips
in this regard!
How To Help Yourself Quit Smoking
people know that smoking cigarettes greatly increases
the risk of developing lung cancer. But there are
other health risks. These include:
* Other types of cancer, such as cancer of the mouth,
esophagus, and bladder.
* Smoking can also cause leukemia.
* Smokers are more likely to die from heart attacks
and strokes than non-smokers.
* Women over the age of 35 who use oral contraceptives
are more likely to have blood clots in their legs
that can travel to the heart and lungs.
* Pregnant women who smoke are more likely to miscarry
and to have lower birth-weight babies.
* Smoking can also hurt those who live in your household.
Children can develop wheezing and worsened asthma
attacks, and tend to have an increased likelihood
of developing middle ear infections. Teenagers are
much more likely to begin smoking in a house where
even one parent smokes.
a list of the bad things that happen when you smoke.
Then make a list of what you like about smoking. You
may use the above to help get you started. Compare
these two lists, and decide for yourself why quitting
smoking would benefit you and those around you.
an action plan, which should include:
* Set a date for quitting, avoiding time periods which
are likely to be very stressful. Mark it on a calendar,
and tell family and friends.
* Notice situations and emotions which cause you to
reach for a cigarette. These are your smoking triggers.
Some triggers might be:
* Stressful situations: Often the first response to
stress is to reach for a cigarette in order to calm
down. Instead, it is often effective to learn relaxation
through deep breathing exercises. Once you learn these
techniques, taking a few minutes to put them into
practice tends to help reduce stress. You can see
a therapist to help you learn these techniques. A
basic exercise is included at the end of this post.
* Negative emotions: Feeling upset, embarrassed, or
angry can be one of the biggest triggers for smoking.
Relaxation exercises help here as well.
* Daily routine: Most people have a routine to their
day, including when they smoke. Some people smoke
with a morning cup of coffee, some in the car, some
during breaks at work. During these times, your body
is primed to crave nicotine. Be attuned to this, and
have a plan to help with this craving. Some people
find it useful to replace the hand-to-mouth feeling
with something similar: eat carrots or chew sugarless
gum, for example. Any of these sorts of tricks may
help fool your body into feeling the comfort that
your family and friends your quit date, and get in
the frame of mind to accept their support and help.
example, have them help you distract yourself from
smoking. Work colleagues can often be helpful as well.
Why not find someone who can be a "quit buddy"
and the two of you can quit together?
Your Action Plan
the day you quit:
* Throw away all of your cigarettes, lighters and
* Stay busy, preferably with activities that keep
your hands busy.
* Exercise, eat well and drink lots of fluids.
* Use your support system.
* Carry things to put in your mouth instead of cigarettes,
such as hard candy, gum or raw cut vegetables.
* Practice your deep breathing exercises.
and Fine-Tune Your Plan
your efforts and evaluate what in your action plan
worked and what did not. Keep doing what has been
successful, but don't focus on interventions that
have not been helpful. Instead, think about different
ways to achieve your goal.
Be Hard on Yourself
has a hard time at first, and everyone slips up from
time to time. Don't dwell on this - instead, focus
on your successes, Even if you have made only one
change, or if you managed to have only one cigarette
fewer than usual during the course of the day, you
are well on the way to improving your health! Feel
good about your efforts, and notice how empowered
something daily or every few days that is just for
you, such as going out to a concert or a movie, or
taking the time to enjoy a long hot bath or shower.
Try saving the money you would have spent for cigarettes
in a jar, then buying something on your wish list.
Yourself Stay on Track
become discouraged if you quit and then smoke again.
Just pick yourself up, dust yourself off and set a
new quit date. Don't be afraid to try over and over
- your persistence will eventually pay off. Remember
that you CAN succeed at this challenge to better your
health and that of others around you.
Techniques to Help You Relax
* Take a normal breath in and out through your nose,
breathing calmly and evenly.
* As you exhale, think of a relaxing word such as
"calm" or "peace."
* Count to four, then begin your next breath.
* Do as many repetitions as it takes for you to feel