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How to help a teen stop smoking

A teenage boy enjoys a smoke after 9pm on the streets of the Close Hill estate.
A teenage boy enjoys a smoke after 9pm on the streets of the Close Hill estate.
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It is well known that smoking is bad for the health and well-being of people of all ages; not only does smoking cause damage to the person doing the smoking, but it also does damage to the people around the smoker.

Teens are especially prone to peer pressure and there are many teenagers who do smoke because they initially thought it was a way to fit it but then eventually get addicted to smoking.

If your teen is smoking and has been doing it for a while, it may be difficult to get your teen to stop smoking. However, the effort that you as a parent put in, is always well worth the possibility that your teen may stop smoking with your help.

Here you will find five ways to help your teen to stop smoking:

Talk to your teen

Talking to your teen in a non-judgmental manner while offering your concern on the dangers of smoking may be a way to make a connection on an emotional level. Also, be sure to listen to your teen to try and dig deeper as to the reasons why he or she started smoking in the first place. Although your goal is to try and stop your teen from smoking, you really want to gain a better understanding of your teen in general.

Encourage involvement in sports and activities

Try getting your teen involved with activities such as sports or dancing; the busier your teen is, the less time he or she will have to smoke. Many times smoking is looked down up by kids who are into sports and activities so the peer pressure will be less prevalent in this arena. There also can be consequences to team members who get caught smoking and this will sometimes deter teens who really enjoy being a member of a sports team.

Discuss positives and negatives of Smoking

As a parent, you will not find any positives for smoking but your teen may come up with a few that they feel are positives. Discuss with your teen the positives and negatives of smoking and possibly even make a list of both, the list that you come up with together will most likely show that there are many more negatives that positives. Discuss the results with your teen and see if you can visually make your teen aware of all the negatives.

Review the financial costs

Smoking is not a cheap habit and in fact can become quite costly; sometimes teens do not think about the long term cost of smoking. Most teens do not have a lot of money and showing a teen just how much smoking costs on a daily, weekly and long term basis. Point out to your teen that money spent on smoking can be put towards better things such as clothes or fun activities such as going to an amusement park.

Spend time with your teen

The more time you spend with your teen, the more you will know what is going on in his or her life. The time your teen is spending with you as the parent will be less time your teen has the chance to smoke. Think of spending time with your teen as a means to help your teen to stop smoking.