Question by  suesea (27)

How do you prevent kids from smoking?

My husband and I both smoke and I don't want our kids to start.


Answer by  Anonymous

You cannot if they decide to do it and hide it. However, if mom/dad quit, it sends big signals. They may already feel that cigarettes are "the best coping mechanism" because of the example set. Be sure to help them find GOOD ways to cope with stress and insecurity.


Answer by  Roland27 (16334)

Often times they learn from example or smoke due to peer pressure. Talk to the the importance of not smoking and all of the health risks.


Answer by  rbiales (3441)

Creating a negative connotation worked for me, for my wife, and for children we have and have cared for. Dvds of old smoking commercials work well to dissuade kids.


Answer by  JonathanMelo (43)

First, both you and your husband should quit. You have to set an example to your kids that smoking is not good and could jeopardize their health.


Answer by  Tony38 (215)

The best way to prevent a child from smoking is to lead by example. Children often do as they see their parents do. This is only one way however, and you can also explain to your children the risks.


Answer by  Trueakitalover (1728)

In order to keep your kids from starting you have to quit yourselves. Kids tend to mimic what mom and dad do. This means if you quit they would also.


Answer by  pingpong (46)

I will not smoke around my kids. That way, my kids will not view smoking as a leisure activity. Also, I would want to point out my health problems, to take away from the glamorous vibe the industry gives smoking. Also, being honest with the children about every aspect will make them more informed, and hopefully keep them away.


Answer by  Brett (7986)

There is no absolute way to prevent your kids from smoking, but sit down with your kids, and talk about learning from your mistakes. Talk about the dangers of smoking, and how it will affect them, like it has you, and perhaps reward them for not smoking, and try and quit yourself!

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