What can I do to prevent my kid from smoking?

Though media certainly plays a role in a kid's decision to smoke, it's parents' attitudes and behavior that are the biggest predictors of whether kids will pick it up. And it's a dangerous habit: Studies show that children of parents who smoke not only are more likely to start smoking, they're also more likely to suffer health problems including obesity and heart disease.

So, if you don't smoke, just keep doing what you're doing. If you do smoke, avoid behaviors that lead to acceptance: smoking in front of your kids or asking them to buy your cigarettes, find your pack, or light them.

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Adult written by Butterfly Effect

first of smoking cigs is gross everything about it is gross if a kid is smoking cigs its cause they are not smoking weed of vapping. tell them how bad smoking is for the body but give them the fact dont lie about whatever you are trying to steer them away from if you do odds are they'll curios. As far as smoking weed goes as long as they are responsible and at least in high school i wouldn't care but if you dont want them doing that either just make sure they aren't stressed 24/7 school now a days suck. i smoked to take the stress off school and my home life and as a result my grads improve a lot.
Teen, 15 years old written by ElioElioElio

Have frequent and casual conversations with your child about smoking/vaping (or anything else of concern for that matter). This is super important if you want your child to feel comfortable asking questions and talking about things, or even admitting to doing something. Tell your child the dangerous effects of smoking. Make sure you understand WHY your child wishes to, or does smoke. Explain the differences between smoking/vaping nicotine and marijuana. Remember that your teen is changing into an adult, and this time is difficult for the both of you. It is absolutely natural for them to have questions or urges to experiment. If they know the facts and you have created certain consequences, it comes down to their choice.
Kid, 10 years old

Tell Them The Consequences of real life smoking, Such as cancer and early death. Tell them the gigantic consequences that will happen if they are caught smoking and Limit access to media with smoking in it.
Teen, 14 years old written by The_Unknown_User

Sadly I have to deal with this all the time I grew up in a bad subdivision with a "Meth" dealer, 5 different People who were in 20's drinking 6 Samual Adam Beers per day, and more. Its wasent always like this but when I was about 7-8 years old I would wake up to numorus Cigars In the streets. We moved THANK GOD!! My father told me a story once. He told me he smoked in Jr. High. He smoked 3 packs of ciggarets and he got caught by my Popie ( What I call my grandfather) And my dad was forced to take all his Ciggarests, light them and let them burn out in the middle of the yard. Kids, Dont Smoke ANYTHING, If when you get older and decide to drink, BE RESPONSIBLE!!! Its ok to have beer, or Wine, WHEN YOUR OF AGE!!!! JUST DONT HAVE TO MUCH!!!!
Parent of a 9 year old written by Atsu W.

Vaping without nicotine and pure cannabis is ok for children of a certain age. Cannabis can prevent your child from having seizures and other things later in life. Vaping is ok for teens and needs to be regulated with no niccotine
Kid, 6 years old

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Kid, 0 years old

Tell your children how harmful smoking can be and the long-term conditions you can get from it.Also explain how much they cost.
written by Mouse6721

I think that it is very important that your kid is educated on the dangers of smoking. My dad smoked, but I always hated the smell and I would encourage him to stop.