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Helping Kids Quit
If children are already using tobacco, parents or guardians can still make a difference. These tips for youth can help.
- 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
- Mayo Clinic - Teen Smoking: How to help your teen quit
- KidsHealth.Org - Kids and Smoking
- smokefree.gov - Become a Smokefree Teen
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