Preventing kids smoking starts off at home, and if you don't get that right, it's much harder to beat the outside influences later.
Kids smoking is discussed at school; then there are smoking warnings on cigarette packets and TV.
Not only kids smoking, but tobacco's dangers in general are in our face repeatedly. Ask even a young child what they think about smoking... It stinks, it kills, it's yucky, bleerck!
Then ask a child if they like exploring new things, if they're curious... yes.
Ask a child if they're curious about what smoking feels like.....well, yes.
Now ask a child if they would like to try out smoking just to see what it's like.... well, possibly yes.
Kids smoking is a fine line between danger and curiosity!
Curious, impetuous, easily swayed, anti-control, bored, upset, peer pressure, looking for the cool factor, or adult wannabes... any one of these reasons can be the reason for kids smoking.
If tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death and disease and as 90 percent of current smokers started as kids, well before age 19 — then it's pretty obvious where we should focus...
Parents: Rush on over to Preventing Children Smoking, an enlightening page to help prevent your kids smoking.
Ahoy to teens too. Have a look at Teenage Smoking, for some down-to-earth information and help about you and other kids smoking. Mosey on over to Smoking and Glamour for a bit of eye-popping reality too.
For kindy, pre-school, early childhood teachers and Mothers and Dads. Child Smoking has a great page in PDF format, you can print out and put on a notice board.