When kids ditch the vape or cigarette, a bright future becomes a little clearer. Learn ways to help your child be the best they can be, vape-free and smoke-free.
Did you know that the majority of adult smokers began before the age of 18? The sooner kids begin using nicotine and tobacco, the more likely they are to become addicted. Many are addicted before they even finish high school.
There are many reasons why a child might begin vaping, including:
With the proper resources and tools by your side, you have the ability to help your child quit vaping or using tobacco in any form, or even help prevent them from vaping in the first place.
Children of smokers are more likely to use tobacco products than children of nonsmokers – so if you’re smoking, it’s highly recommended that you quit not only for your own health and well-being, but for that of your child. If you’re ready to quit today, call the CT Quitline at 1-800-QUIT NOW (784-8669) or visit Commit To Quit today.
Children can be highly influenced by their friends, so do your best to keep an eye on the people your child surrounds themselves with and whether they’re using tobacco products themselves.
If they’re smokers or if they condone smoking, your child might be getting mixed messages.
Instead of focusing on long-term health consequences they might not care about, talk about the negative effects that tobacco can have on your appearance, how it reduces your energy level when playing sports, or other short-term impacts that they might care about more.
If your child is spending time with other kids who are using tobacco products, discuss ways they can say no if someone offers them a cigarette or vape.
Confident kids with high self-esteem are less likely to fall victim to peer pressure from others their age or want to take up vaping or smoking to rebel.
Explain that smokeless tobacco, hookah and cigars all have dangers, including nicotine addiction.
When your child feels like they can talk to you about anything, they’ll be more likely to talk to you about vaping.
It’s difficult to avoid seeing tobacco in the media or advertisements, so have an open conversation with your child about what they’re seeing on their screens. If they see someone in a movie smoking, for example, you can ask them what they think of this character and explain that smoking doesn’t make them cool.
Point out that smoking is a very expensive habit. Explain that instead of spending money on tobacco, they could buy makeup, new clothes, video games, or other things that matter to them.
Perhaps one of the most important things you can do as a parent to help your child stay vape and tobacco-free is talking to them. Talking to your children about vaping and smoking can play an important role.
VapeFreeCT is funded under a CDC National and State Tobacco Control Program grant in combination with Local Health Department/District Tobacco Prevention state funds through the CT Department of Public Health. Our goal is to help all people quit to avoid the costly health consequences of using any tobacco product.