Newfoundland and Labrador Smokers’ Helpline
Support for youth
Most people want their children to remain smoke-free. We all know it impacts their health negatively, and the longer you smoke, the more damage it causes. Furthermore, studies have shown that teen smokers turn into adult smokers. Most smokers begin smoking before the age of 19; if young people can stay smoke-free until age 19, they are likely to stay smoke-free for the rest of their lives.
Here are some tips to support your teen to quit and stay smoke-free (or never start smoking).
It is very important to discuss the subject of tobacco addiction with children of all ages. Talking with your kids can help them avoid succumbing to peer pressure and the other numerous influences that lead to smoking. You also want to make sure that they are well informed with facts, rather than the common myths about smoking. Keeping an open dialogue will give you the opportunity to correct any false information your children may have picked up.We understand that starting a conversation with a child about smoking may be a little difficult. Here are some suggestions to help you get started. (Click for more tips.)
Peer pressure is an important fact of growing up. Studies have found that kids will change their behaviour in order to fit in. Resisting peer pressure is a challenge and takes a bit of practice and guts. This is where a parent can help. You can go over some lines that work, and even role-play with your kid, until they feel comfortable with the lines that work for them. Here are some suggestions:
Remember to keep the lines of communication open and to continue talking about smoking. Peer pressure and tough choices continue throughout adolescence right into adulthood.
The Helpline offers valuable tips/advice and interesting features for people of all ages! Encourage your teen to connect with us by phone (call 1-800-363-5864 or the number on the cigarette pack), online (smokershelp.net), email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or text (709)700-7002.