Posted by: Ann | 2009-11-24

smoking teen

my 16yr old, came to tell us that his brother 14yrs is smoking with his friends at the tuckshop at school, 14yr old said he will hurt his brother cos he pimped him, 14yr old says it is part of life and we as parents told him we will not suppport his habit while under our roof and he needs us and not we need him, and that he is not matured enough for these kinda things. pls advs thank you.

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Whilst smoking is often a part of adolescent experimentation, you are right to make it clear how you fel about him smoking. He is of course under-age, and if he is caught smoking at school there are often quite severe penalties depending on the school.

If he continues you may find it necessary to limit pocket money, or consider grounding if you feel you need to take action.

With recent smoking laws it is becoming more unacceptable and considered by some as anti-social to smoke. It is therefore advisable for this to be considered, as this current generation of teens will find themselves addicted at middle-age and probably not be allowed to smoke anywhere in public.

If possible try to help him see this comes from a place of care and that you understand teens experiment but you love him enough to speak out about something that is harmful to his health.

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Posted by: ex smoker | 2009-12-11

make him eat an entire box of smokes, till he gets sick, he will never want to even look at a cigi again.

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Posted by: Ann | 2009-12-02

I Thank you for your advice.

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