Smoking Parent Or Not – Teach Your Kids Not To Smoke
Whether you smoke or not, you know that children shouldn’t smoke. And if you’re a parent, it is your obligation to teach your children about smoking, such as the health consequences. Because children aren’t the best person to determine what is bad for them, the legal age to smoke is for their own protection.
Approximately every day 3,000 kids between the ages of 11 and 18 experiment with cigarettes for the first time. And as many as 700 kids will begin to smoke cigarettes, making more than 250,000 American kids smokers. Sadly, approximately one-third of those will dye due to smoke related illness.
In American, there are over 45 million people smokers currently, even though seventy percent claim the desire to quit. Out of that 45 million, up to 90% of them began smoking when they were children. Studies have found that every third teenage smoker will prematurely die of a smoke-related disease.
Why Are Young People Attracted To Cigarettes?
Longer than many can remember, cigarette smoking has been argued and discussed by the many various levels of government, primarily because of the health hazards associated with cigarette smoking. These hazards regarding the marketing have been a big part of the debates and even though the dangers of smoking have been established for a long time, tobacco industries still makes billions annually.
Marketing Without Restrictions
Tobacco companies spends over $25 million daily to sustain their profit growth. This marketing show adults, teens, and young children around the world that smoking looks cool. It makes smoking look like a person can live life without restriction and it makes teens and children feel like they are adults. They even think they look grown up.
In addition to their effective advertising, tobacco companies have introduced flavors that appeal to kids, especially with the introduction of electronic cigarettes. There is no doubt that the tobacco industry has flooded the market with their tobacco products and has become successful selling them, especially to children.
Children and Their Role Models
Experts confirm that children tend to follow role models, primarily their parents. If they have parents that smoke, the probability of them becoming a smoker is higher. And on the other side of the equation, children raised by non-smokers are more likely not become smokers.
Pressured By Their Peers and Other Influences
Peer pressure is a strong influence on children to try cigarette smoking. It can be their closest friends, or it can be casual acquaintances, like at a party. Children are also impressed by actions they see in movies and on television. Children are known to mimic characters that look attractive, cool, glamorous, and strong.
Signs To Look For
There is no guarantee that because your child is raised in a non-smoking home that they won’t smoke. The influences outside the home can stronger. A parent must keep a vigil eye on their children and aware of signs they may be smoking.
If their breath or clothing smells of cigarettes, or they develop a persistent cough, these could be indicators. They may have stains on their clothing and teeth and their health will change such as being short of breath. They may start complaining of irritated or sore throats, gain a hoarseness when they talk.