6 Reasons Kids Smoke
Michael Popkin, a published parenting expert and spokesperson for the youth smoking prevention program called “Real Parents Real Answers,” offers six reasons for why kids choose to smoke.
- Peer conformity. Instead of “friends” convincing your kids they should smoke, your child may choose to smoke because of internal pressure he is putting on himself to fit in.
- Popular media. Studies show that kids who have seen three or more R-rated movies may be more likely to start smoking than those who had not.
- Lack of confidence. A confident child understands that the short-term benefit of fitting in does not outweigh the long-term costs of smoking.
- Self-medication. Turning to cigarettes, drugs or alcohol to lessen stress or escape from reality is an easy way for kids to make a quick fix.
- Boredom. Some children have a tough time being alone or staying occupied. The social aspect of smoking can create bonds between peers and fills the boredom void.
- Misinformation. This is the most preventable reason kids choose to smoke. Peers exert a greater influence on behaviors than parents, which means it’s critical for your child to be knowledgeable on the very real dangers of smoking.
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