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  1. #1

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    Oct 2006

    I am Tripti. My younger brother(16 years) smokes. Now he wants to quit. How can I help my brother quit smoking?

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    Apr 2007
    If you suspect that your child is drinking, smoking or is experimenting with drug use, then you should discuss it with your pediatrician for further treatment. While their are many urine, blood and even hair tests that can detect if your child is involved in drug use, it is best to do these tests with your child's consent. If you secretly test your child, then if the test is positive you will have to confront your child with this information. This can lead to more problems, since you may lose his trust because you tested him secretly. If the test is negative, then it just tells you that he hasn't used anything recently. This may give you a false sense of security, since he may still be regularly involved in drug use.

    You should talk with your child if you think he is drinking, smoking or is experimenting with drug use. Or you can set up an appointment with a medical professional with experience in dealing with adolescents with this problem. This professional can be your Pediatrician, a psychologist, counselor or someone else that your child can build a relationship with to talk about his problems.

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    Apr 2008
    Popular targets for culpability include the tobacco industry and its alleged manipulation of nicotine content, print advertising, and lack of government regulation. Although the aforementioned play a role in decision making in reality children smoke for two reasons.

    The first reason children smoke is because the people they admire smoke. In many American homes, they are simply modeling themselves after one or both parents, grandparents or other key people in the household.

    One also need look no farther than Hollywood, where there has been a significant increase in instances of onscreen smoking that is also amplified by the current cigar craze. Adolescents, by definition, grasp at the trappings of adulthood and as smoking is an adult activity that is forbidden, its allure is further intensified.

    The second reason ties in teen cravings for affirmation and acceptance. They will associate with the individuals or group that is the most powerfully affirming and accepting. They will adopt the standards and behaviors of that group, no matter how dangerous or unhealthy, as failure to do so could mean rejection, expulsion, ridicule or worst of all, loneliness.

    Adolescents have an acute need for expressed, felt love. Paradoxically, they appear to be uncomfortable responding to that love, highlighting a mistake that many parents make as they begin an apparent retreat from their children once they reach adolescence.

    The reasons having been delineated, a preventive response is mandatory. This is essential because the addictive nature of tobacco use, once begun, is so profound. Surveys of teens have clearly indicated that they experimented with cigarettes because they assume they could easily stop at some time in the future, yet sadly they are no more successful in quitting than most adults.

    Beyond prevention of smoking's dangers we also know that tobacco is clearly a gateway drug to other drugs and unhealthy activities. Kids who smoke cigarettes are more likely to use marijuana and other drugs as well as engage in sexual intercourse.

    There are two steps that you can take as the parent of an adolescent to prevent your son or daughter from becoming a smoker. The ideal time to begin these interventions is when your children are between the ages of 8 and 10, although it is never too late to start.

    No. 1, if you are a smoker, QUIT. I cannot imagine a more powerful message than sitting down with your son or daughter and telling them that you realize what an unhealthy and dangerous habit your smoking has become and that your love for them is so deep that you are willing to take whatever steps necessary to stop. You already know that they are worried about you and the unhealthy effects of your smoking. Besides setting a good example for your kids, you will also relieve them of some of the concerns they already have for you and your health.

    The second step requires more effort and consideration. If parental support and love for one's children is perceived to be more important than that of friends, they will seek parental favor over that of their peers. In effect you can, by the power of parental love, transcend the negative influences of their peer groups.

    This can only be successful if you are prepared to make large investments of time and to set a higher priority for the emotional needs of your children than for yourself. Following a few of these suggestions is a start:

    1. Have one meal each day together as a family.
    2. Set aside one night per week for family-only activities.
    3. Adjust your play with your children as they age.
    4. Be there, wherever "there" is -- at a school play, a sporting event, a musical performance, etc.
    5. If you are married, honor your commitment to your spouse. If you are a single parent or noncustodial parent, work out a plan that allows for regular and loving participation in the life of your child.
    6. Resist the temptation to reduce your involvement in your child's life during adolescence.
    7. Do not leave teens in groups in unsupervised settings. As a parent, call ahead to see if there is anything you can do to help with a gathering and ask if there will be an adult present.

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    Apr 2008
    tell him to watch the movie NO SMOKING of john abraham....

  5. #5

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    Apr 2008
    In her mail,Tirpti has already mentioned that her brother wants to quit smoking and she just wants to help him...so why prabat and ajeet has sent so long solutions and that also deviated from tripti's problem?

    the simple solution to tripti's question would be:

    1.the family and freinds of the person,who wants to quit smoking,need to be completely supportive and non-judgmental.

    2.the person should begin an exercise program. Exercise is simply incompatible
    with smoking. Exercise relieves stress and helps your body recover from years of damage from cigarettes. If necessary,start slow, with a short walk once or twice per day.

    3.Drink lots of water. Water is good for you anyway, and most people don't get enough. It will help flush the nicotine and other chemicals out of your body.

    4.Consider drinking straws or you might try an artificial cigarette called E-Z Quit found here:

    All these are practical and very helpful ways of quit smoking.

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