Tobacco Prevention

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and tobacco causes about 6 million deaths each year. Here are some resources to help keep you and your loved ones tobacco free.

Keeping your Kids Tobacco Free

  • It’s important to start talking to your kids about the dangers of tobacco early. The American Lung Association recommends that you start talking to your kids about smoking as early as 5-6 years old and continue to communicate with them about smoking throughout high school. Click here for more Tips on Talking to your Kids about Smoking from the American Lung Association.
  • Maintain a smoke-free home and do not let anyone smoke inside your home for any reason.
  • Talk to your kids about how to say no to cigarettes and find out if their friends smoke.
  • Set a good example by not being a smoker yourself.

Is Your Child using Tobacco?

According to the American Lung Association, many kids begin smoking as young as 11 years old and are addicted by the time they are 14 years old. Here are some signs to watch for to help you tell if your child has started smoking.
(Source: http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/smoking.html#)

What to watch for:

  • Coughing
  • Throat irritation
  • Hoarseness
  • Bad breath
  • Decreased athletic performance
  • Getting more colds
  • Stained teeth and clothing
  • Shortness of breath

Teens and Tobacco

Teens may begin smoking for a variety of different reasons, from feeling pressured by their friends and wanting to fit in to feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. Here are some ways to help your teen stay away from tobacco and learn how to cope with stress and emotions in a healthier way.

Make a Quit Plan:
http://kidshealth.org/misc/javascript/js_apps/planners/stop_smoking_guide.html

Triggers for Teen Smoking:
Social Life: https://teen.smokefree.gov/tobacco-triggers/your-social-life
Stress: https://teen.smokefree.gov/tobacco-triggers/handling-hard-times

Ways to Cope with Stress without Tobacco:
https://smokefree.gov/challenges-when-quitting/mood-management/coping-emotions-without-smoking

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