Your Teen Quit Smoking
Why Teens Smoke
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Butt it Out
How to Deal
with A Teen Who is Smoking
A Note About
How To Help
Yourself Quit Smoking
* Everyone knows that tobacco
manufacturers target teens! They have to. They need new
customers to replace the ones they have killed.
* This year about 30,000
kids in Canada will become regular smokers. Quitting once
you are hooked is not easy. Ask any smoker.
* Over half of Grade 12
students who smoke are unable to quit and more than 70%
still smoke eight years later due to nicotine addiction.
* 8 out of 10 teens who
try smoking get hooked. 5 years later, 80% are heavy smokers.
* Over 20% of high school
girls are daily, regular smokers
* 80% of teen smokers would
like to quit. Within months of their first puff, most
teen smokers struggle to stop smoking, but most cant
* 60% of teen smokers try
to quit. Most smokers try several times before stopping
for good. So if at first you dont succeed, try again.
* Most smokers start before
they finish high school. If you can make it to high school
graduation without smoking, chances are you never will
Nicotine is a powerful, mood-altering drug that is extremely
toxic. It is as addictive as heroin and cocaine. Tar is
a dark, sticky combination of hundreds of chemicals including
poisons and cancer causing substances. Chemicals are carried
to every part of your body by the blood.
Nicotine is one of the most
addictive substances in the world, the reason most of
us smoke is because we are hopelessly addicted to it.
Sure, we probably started off because of peer pressure
or we wanted something to relieve our stress, but after
a while we carry on smoking simply because we are addicted
plain and simple.
Beating any addiction is
never easy, and the longer youre addicted for the
harder it is to beat. Smoking is probably the hardest
addiction you will ever have to overcome. But, it need
not be that hard; in fact with the right knowledge and
product it can actually be quite easy.
Why Teens Smoke
Smoking is dangerous
to your health. A very famous anti-smoking ad that
is often neglected by smoking teenagers. Such problems
may arise, especially when dealing with out of control
teenagers. And this is where a parents dilemma starts.
As a parent of a smoking
teenager, you might have no idea why your teen starts
to smoke. And the first question that might cross your
mind is how can I ask my teen to quit? Before you can
do this, its important to understand a few things
Why Do Teenagers Start Smoking?
Peer pressure is one of the
most common reasons why teenagers smoke. If one of their
friends has started, they think they have to smoke also.
They do this to maintain acceptance and the sense of belonging
to a group.
Another reason for smoking
teenagers is image projection. An image is
attached to cigarettes like being cool, manly or grown
up. Adolescence is the time when teens struggle for identity.
If teens want to have one of these images, then smoking
maybe the answer theyre looking for.
Problems at home may put
a lot of pressure on your kids. And they use smoking as
a form of relief for the stress. For many out of control
teenagers, this is a result of rebellion. Knowing that
this will annoy their parents and because it is forbidden,
it becomes more alluring to them.
Teens like to act as if theyre
dangerous or mature. By smoking, they can act on those
feeling. They might just want to try it the first time
but as we all know, once you puff, it is hard to stop.
This is because nicotine is present, which is highly addictive
but ignored by many teens and adults alike.
Consequences of a Nicotine Habit
Smoking is a hard habit to
break. Along with it, you can acquire harmful effects
to your health. If you smoke, you can also end up with
bad skin. Substances like nicotine block blood vessels
that prevent nutrients from reaching the skin, which in
turn causes premature aging.
Adolescents are very much
concerned with their appearance and personal hygiene.
Reminding them that cigarettes leave smokers with persistent
bad breath might turn them away from smoking. And the
stale smell of the smoke often lingers in their hair and
clothing, which is extremely unappealing to others that
dont take up this nasty habit.
There is also an increased
risk of illness. And to top it off, smoking teenagers
may experience a greater risk for injury and a slower
healing process. As a parent, you might want to discuss
these consequences with your son or daughter. Understanding
more about this harmful habit may lead you to a more informative
conversation with your teen.
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If you find your teen smoking,
take it seriously. Stopping teen smoking in its tracks
is the best way to promote a lifetime of good health.
You could simply tell your
teen to stop smoking. It's an important message. But commands,
threats and ultimatums aren't likely to work. Instead
of getting angry, be curious and supportive. Ask your
teen what made him or her start smoking. Perhaps your
teen is trying to fit in at school, or maybe your teen
thinks that smoking will help relieve stress or pressure.
Sometimes teen smoking is an attempt to feel cool or more
Once you understand why your
teen is smoking, you'll be better equipped to address
smoking as a potential problem as well as help
your teen eventually stop smoking.
Encourage your teen to
share his or her concerns.
Although the consequences
of smoking such as cancer, heart attack and stroke
are real, they're probably beyond the realm of
your teen's concern. Rather than lecturing your teen on
the long-term dangers of smoking, you might ask your teen
what he or she considers the negative aspects of smoking.
Once your teen has had his or her say, offer your own
list of negatives. Consider appealing to your teen's vanity:
* Smoking gives you bad
* Smoking makes your clothes and hair smell.
* Smoking turns your teeth and fingernails yellow.
* Smoking makes you look pale and unhealthy.
* Smoking causes wrinkles.
* Smoking leaves you with a hacking cough and phlegm.
* Smoking zaps your energy for sports and other favorite
Of course, smoking is also
expensive. Prompt your teen to calculate the weekly, monthly
or yearly cost of smoking. You might compare the cost
of smoking with electronic gadgets, clothes or other items
your teen considers important.
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say that a high percentage of teens actually want to quit
smoking! Ask your child if they would quit if they had
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How to Deal with A Teen Who is Smoking
A minor who smokes is not
likely to walk right up to their parents with a cigarette
firmly between their lips. Just because a parent doesn't
see their teen smoking doesn't mean that they don't have
a smoking habit. Parents need to talk to their child about
smoking and watch for signs that they are smoking. Smoking
can be a strong temptation for some teens, especially
teens that have friends or family that smoke, and even
though cigarettes aren't supposed to be sold to minors,
teens are still able to get them.
The First Reaction
You have just found an empty
packet of cigarettes in 15-year old Anna's bathroom cupboard!
Shocked, you are ready to confront her and demand explanations.
But before you do...
* Respond, do not react.
A reaction is immediate, but a response is well thought
* Analyze what concerns you most. The fact that your daughter
smokes, that she has kept it from you, or the reason she
has picked up the habit? When a Parent Judges, the Child
Justifies and this does not bring you closer to getting
her to quit. You might have greater success if you adopt
the Adult role and Reason with her.
* Do not trick or corner her into coming out with the
truth. Plan the words you will use, practice an even tone
and then tell her that you found the cigarettes in the
bathroom. Ask whether they belong to her. If you are calm
and expect her to be truthful, chances are she will be.
Even if she is rude or lies about the cigarettes, work
through the issue. The goal is to get to the root of the
problem and encourage her to quit.
Why does Anna smoke?
Is she being pressured at
school? Is she not doing well at school? Does she suffer
from low self-esteem? Are there problems at home? Are
you nagging your child over trivial matters instead of
getting to the root of the problem.
If your answer to most or
all of these is 'No', then a possible reason Anna smokes
is that she wants to appear 'cool' to her friends. This
requires a different approach.
If the answer to any of these
is 'yes,' then you have at least found your direction.
You will have to uncover her fears and problems layer
by layer, until she is comfortable with herself and does
not need cigarettes as a crutch. This is easier said than
done. It takes time. There will be setbacks. Anna may
not want to talk or she may not tell you the truth each
time you do talk. Avoid confrontations (I know you smoke
- how dare you?), threats (There will be no more allowance
until this stops!), pleas (don't you think you could give
up just for my sake?) and moralizing (is this how you
behave after all we've taught you?). Remember, a teen
is a child trying to learn how to act like an adult, so
treat her like an adult. Reason and talk with her like
you would a friend. Treat the issue as something that
concerns both of you deeply, not as 'her problem.' You
are not adversaries, you are in it together. Together,
the two of you might just win the battle.
Tackling the Situation
Teen smoking is a huge problem
with teens, especially girls, who are lighting up younger
and younger. The mix of tobacco and parental and social
disapproval is too much to resist. Telling them to quit
and showing them the dangers probably won't do much good,
because it will only make it seem more exciting. Preaching
to them would probably just make them continue to hide
it from you. The trick is to address the problem in a
way that will help them stop smoking immediately, especially
if they are in their early teens.
Most commonly, teens smoke
because it is a 'cool' thing to do. However, a large number
of young people are now aware of the dangers of smoking
and try to quit for several reasons including their health.
Asking anyone to quit smoking won't work until they want
to quit. As parents, we have our work cut out for us finding
out what will motivate our teens to quit smoking.
Clearly, there is no single
path to overcome the problem and find a solution. How
you handle the situation will depend on your relationship
with your teen, what strategy you employ, and what works
best for your teen. But whatever you do, assure her of
your unconditional love and support. They may not admit
or even realize it, but all children need that structure
and support at home. They depend on it.
One of the reasons smoking
is so psychologically addictive is because the method
of delivery - smoke - has an immediate effect on your
system. In other words, you are 'rewarded' right after
the behavior - not 5 minutes later, or half an hour later.
Psychological research shows that rewards or punishments
that follow the action quickly have a much greater effect
than rewards or punishments that are delayed. So the act
of lighting up is immediately rewarded, and it becomes
a very strong behavior, making it very difficult to quit.
Because our medicine mimics
nicotine, but in a steady, all-the-time way, NOT as a
response to lighting a cigarette, and also partially blocks
the effects of real nicotine, the act of lighting up isn't
as 'rewarding' as before, and the addiction itself is
weakened. Both of these effects make it easier to quit
Do keep in mind that the
'reward' of nicotine in the brain is only one part of
the physical and psychological addiction to nicotine and
smoking in general. There are many other aspects of smoking
dependence that should be addressed by psychological and
behavioral techniques designed to help eliminate their
effects. See below, also our free E-Book has lots of good
tips in this regard!
How To Help Yourself Quit Smoking
Most people know that smoking
cigarettes greatly increases the risk of developing lung
cancer. But there are other health risks. These include:
* Other types of cancer,
such as cancer of the mouth, esophagus, and bladder.
* Smoking can also cause leukemia.
* Smokers are more likely to die from heart attacks and
strokes than non-smokers.
* Women over the age of 35 who use oral contraceptives
are more likely to have blood clots in their legs that
can travel to the heart and lungs.
* Pregnant women who smoke are more likely to miscarry
and to have lower birth-weight babies.
* Smoking can also hurt those who live in your household.
Children can develop wheezing and worsened asthma attacks,
and tend to have an increased likelihood of developing
middle ear infections. Teenagers are much more likely
to begin smoking in a house where even one parent smokes.
Make a list of the bad things
that happen when you smoke. Then make a list of what you
like about smoking. You may use the above to help get
you started. Compare these two lists, and decide for yourself
why quitting smoking would benefit you and those around
Construct an action plan,
which should include:
* Set a date for quitting,
avoiding time periods which are likely to be very stressful.
Mark it on a calendar, and tell family and friends.
* Notice situations and emotions which cause you to reach
for a cigarette. These are your smoking triggers. Some
triggers might be:
* Stressful situations: Often the first response to stress
is to reach for a cigarette in order to calm down. Instead,
it is often effective to learn relaxation through deep
breathing exercises. Once you learn these techniques,
taking a few minutes to put them into practice tends to
help reduce stress. You can see a therapist to help you
learn these techniques. A basic exercise is included at
the end of this post.
* Negative emotions: Feeling upset, embarrassed, or angry
can be one of the biggest triggers for smoking. Relaxation
exercises help here as well.
* Daily routine: Most people have a routine to their day,
including when they smoke. Some people smoke with a morning
cup of coffee, some in the car, some during breaks at
work. During these times, your body is primed to crave
nicotine. Be attuned to this, and have a plan to help
with this craving. Some people find it useful to replace
the hand-to-mouth feeling with something similar: eat
carrots or chew sugarless gum, for example. Any of these
sorts of tricks may help fool your body into feeling the
comfort that smoking offers.
Tell your family and friends
your quit date, and get in the frame of mind to accept
their support and help. For
example, have them help you distract yourself from smoking.
Work colleagues can often be helpful as well. Why not
find someone who can be a "quit buddy" and the
two of you can quit together?
Implement Your Action Plan
On the day you quit:
* Throw away all of your
cigarettes, lighters and ashtrays.
* Stay busy, preferably with activities that keep your
* Exercise, eat well and drink lots of fluids.
* Use your support system.
* Carry things to put in your mouth instead of cigarettes,
such as hard candy, gum or raw cut vegetables.
* Practice your deep breathing exercises.
Evaluate and Fine-Tune Your
Review your efforts and evaluate
what in your action plan worked and what did not. Keep
doing what has been successful, but don't focus on interventions
that have not been helpful. Instead, think about different
ways to achieve your goal.
Don't Be Hard on Yourself
Everyone has a hard time
at first, and everyone slips up from time to time. Don't
dwell on this - instead, focus on your successes, Even
if you have made only one change, or if you managed to
have only one cigarette fewer than usual during the course
of the day, you are well on the way to improving your
health! Feel good about your efforts, and notice how empowered
Do something daily or every
few days that is just for you, such as going out to a
concert or a movie, or taking the time to enjoy a long
hot bath or shower. Try saving the money you would have
spent for cigarettes in a jar, then buying something on
your wish list.
Help Yourself Stay on Track
Don't become discouraged
if you quit and then smoke again. Just pick yourself up,
dust yourself off and set a new quit date. Don't be afraid
to try over and over - your persistence will eventually
pay off. Remember that you CAN succeed at this challenge
to better your health and that of others around you.
Breathing Techniques to Help
* Take a normal breath in
and out through your nose, breathing calmly and evenly.
* As you exhale, think of a relaxing word such as "calm"
* Count to four, then begin your next breath.
* Do as many repetitions as it takes for you to feel yourself