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Tobacco Prevention Discussions.
Source: Sponsored by the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services
and the Smoke Free New Hampshire Alliance. 1-800-852-3345, x6891 or 603-271-6891.
If your child is age 0 -4:
If your child is age 5-9:
- ask about lost school days due to frequent respiratory infections
- ask about parents and friends smoking
- ask about how you feel about smoking or chewing tobacco
- ask if tobacco is discussed in school
- ask what they thing about Joe Camel
- refer parents to smoking cessation programs
- help with quit date and follow up
- stress the importance of parents as smoke-free role models
If your child is age 10-13:
- ask what they would do if someone was smoking in front of them
- ask if they thinks it looks cool to smoke ore chew
- ask if they would ever try smoking or chewing tobacco
- ask if they are thinking about it
- ask if they have tried tobacco
- encourage parents to watch habits of children's friends
- encourage parents to have open dialogue and role plays
- consider signing 'tobacco-free' contract
If your child is age 14-18:
- ask if their friends smoke or chew
- ask why their friends smoke or chew
- ask have they tried to buy tobacco
- ask if they have tried cigarettes or chewing tobacco
- ask if they know it is illegal to purchase or possess tobacco products if they are under 18
- encourage teens to take a stand against the tobacco establishment
- refer to teen smoking cessation programs.
General Questions to think about and ask with your children:
- Why do your friends smoke or chew?
- Have you tried to buy cigarettes or chewing tobacco?
- Have you tried cigarettes or chewing tobacco?
- Do you know that it is illegal to purchase or possess tobacco products if you are under 18.
- Compliment tobacco-free behavior.
- Discuss/reinforce refusal skills.
- Emphasize reasons not to smoke or chew:
- Appearance (yellow teeth and nails, bad breath, clothes smell)
- Compromised lung capacity effecting sports performance
- Tobacco product expense Advertising effects-impact of media on behavior
For a copy of the discussion prevention poster educational material call the New Hampshire
Division of Public Health Service and the Smoke
Free New Hampshire Alliance at 1-800-852-3345, extension 6891.