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A FEW TIPS ON HANDLING PEER PRESSURE TO HELP KIDS STAY TOBACCO FREE
Posted On March 9, 2016
When we are talking about kids and tobacco addiction, we need to highlight on peer pressure. According to research, more than 43 percent of kids between 11 and 17 years who are associated with smokers, have shown addiction to tobacco as well. On the other hand, 99 percent of kids who didn't have smokers for friends, showed no interest in taking up this bad habit. It is an important issue for kids to get approval from their peers. And this urge to look or act cooler can lead them to do terrible things, including smoking. It can be extremely harmful for kids if they start smoking at an early age. Your help can support them to fight the peer pressure. Here we are explaining how.
Your Words and Support Can Help A Lot
It may seem to parents that kids are not paying attention to their elders’ warnings. However, research has proven that kids respect their parents, and their words can influence teenagers to make the right decision, despite peer pressure. But, you have to be supportive. Acknowledge the attraction of fitting into a circle of friends and discuss the health damaging results of smoking with your kids to find ways to say no to tobacco.
Get Involved In Your Kid's Life
Just like mixing with the wrong crowd can lead your kids to be addicted to tobacco, having a circle of responsible friends can help them to say no to nicotine. Your involvement in your kid's life and in the lives of his/her friends can do miracles. Welcome your kid's friends to your home. Discuss how tobacco can affect health and lifestyle. If one of your kid's friends is addicted to smoking, ask your kid to help him/her out. But, do not get defensive or set rules about staying away from the addicted friend. Kids are sensitive and your disapproval of their friends can lead them to make the wrong decisions. Also, do not forget to reward your kid's decision of saying no to tobacco.
Manage Stress Carefully
Stress can be a trigger that starts your kid's smoking addiction. So, try to identify if your kids are stressing about something and help them to manage the problem. Headaches, anxiety, chest or stomach pain can be physical indications of stress. Figure out sports or activities that your kids love, and help them stay busy. It will keep the stress at bay. Use stories and examples to help them understand how to tackle peer pressure.
Peer pressure can be hard to handle for kids. But, with parent's support and help, they can learn how to say no to the disgusting, expensive, and harmful habit of smoking.