Helping Kids Quit

If children are already using tobacco, parents or guardians can still make a difference. These tips for youth can help. 
Quit Tips
  • Help kids understand the underlying reasons they're using tobacco (e.g., to deal with stress, to feel accepted, to show their independence, etc.).
  • Help them substitute positive alternatives such as physical activity or stress management.
  • Contact the child's physician or health care provider for smoking cessation program information.
  • Help kids set realistic goals for quitting.
  • Give kids positive reinforcement and encouragement.
Other Helpful Links
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/teen-smoking/TN00016
http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/talk/smoking.html#
http://teen.smokefree.gov/
Sources: Tobacco-Free Kids, 2009, Schwebel, R., How to Help YOur Kids Choose To Be Tobacco-Free, 1999, Distefan, J.M., Gilpin, E.A., Choi, W.S. & Pierce, J.P., 1998