What to say to parents who smoke

You can’t escape the message that smoking is bad for you. But that doesn’t make everyone quit. If your parents smoke, you might be worried about their health. You might be sick of smelling the smoke. You might even be a little embarrassed by it.

You can’t order your mom or dad to stop. But you can encourage them to quit. Here are some things you can mention:

  • Smoking will rot their teeth.
  • Smoking creates secondhand smoke, which hurts you.
  • Smoking makes it hard for them to keep up with you because they might run out of breath easily.

If you think it will help, you could print out articles about smoking and give them to your parents. Or you can give them the Delaware Quitline number — 1-866-409-1858.

What if they get angry?

People don’t like to being told they’re doing something wrong, so it’s possible your parents will be insulted or angry, especially if they’re worried they won’t be able to quit.

Try to be kind and respectful when you discuss smoking with your parents. And remember that it is difficult to quit. Some people try several times before they’re able to quit for good. Instead of yelling at them, tell them that you love them and want them to stick around for a long time.

And if they do agree to stop smoking, be their biggest supporter. Ask if there’s anything you can do to help them when they feel the urge to smoke. As they reach milestones, such as a month without smoking, be sure to celebrate the achievement.

If you have parents who have quit smoking, do you have any more tips to add?

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