Peer Pressure leads many Kids into Teenage Smoking.
primarily begins in early adolescence, typically by age 16.
Studies show that adults who start smoking while adults can quit much easier than those smokers who started while teenagers. The teenage years are important years regarding the forming of habits especially teenage smoking. Many habits you form during these impressionable years will last for quite a long time. From the first puff to fit in or impress friends or rebel against parents or school, if you start teenage smoking
be prepared for stained teeth, wrinkly skin and a one-in-two chance of dying early.
Here are some steps parents can take to prevent teenage smoking
- 1. Generally a child learns from the habits of his parents. If you are a smoker then the first step needs to be taken by you. Stop smoking so you can be a good example to your child. If a kid sees his parents using good judgement over many years like always eating healthy food then he is likely to follow those good habits, in the future. On the contrary if he sees his parents smoking, he’s much more likely to try teenage smoking. Actions speak much louder than words when it comes to this issue.
- 2. Talk to your kids about teenage smoking. You will stand on more solid ground if you are in the process of quitting smoking or have already quit. In any case, you can start by explaining to them the functions of heart and lungs and how cigarettes harm their natural functions. When watching television, take note of characters that smoke and emphasize it’s not because that character is cool, but because he or she has a bad habit.
- 3. Explain how smoking affects the skin negatively and causes premature aging. Teenagers are very worried about their appearance!
- 4. Help your child to get involved in the activities in which they are interested, such as music or sports, etc. A child should learn to develop an optimistic and active outlook. Encourage them to make good friends and not to cave in to peer pressure. Praise them when they make good choices, but don’t pamper them. Your child should be able to judge between right and wrong on their own so they are able to say no to teenage smoking when presented with the opportunity.
- 5. Spend quality time. Be aware of your teenager’s activities. Talk to him or her about their life. Be tactful and considerate, and give them space but let them know you care about them.
If you can keep your child from teenage smoking or even ever thinking of smoking, you are doing a great service to them for their future health and well-being. And remember, the best example is to quit yourself.