Help Your Parent Quit Smoking
Talking to your parents about quitting smoking can be awkward
and intimidating. After all, they are supposed to be the ones talking to you,
not the other way around. But in this case, it is of extreme importance that
you discuss quitting and help them find a path to becoming a former smoker.
Make the Risks Personal
Make your parent aware of the effects his or her smoking has on
you and the rest of the family. Thousands of people who never smoked a day in
their lives are diagnosed with lung cancer each year. In many cases, this is
directly attributed to the effects of second-hand smoke. And second-hand smoke
does not come just from exhaled cigarette smoke. It can be absorbed into
clothing, hair, and furniture where it is later inhaled. Mom or Dad’s habit
puts everyone at risk.
Talk About Longevity
die an average of 13 years sooner than nonsmokers. Let your parents know how
much you want them around for your graduation, your wedding, and the birth of
your children. Encourage them to quit so they live to see all the milestones in
your life, as well as their own.
Bring in Reinforcements
You can begin the conversation, but you may want help from a
sibling, aunt, or grandparent. Form a family team to support and encourage your
mom or dad. Furthermore, it's likely you will not be equipped to answer all the
questions. Ask your parent to see a doctor who can answer any questions your
mom or dad may have about nicotine-replacement therapies, medicines, or
withdrawals. Then encourage him or her to find a support group or counselor.
do convince your parents to quit, they would not have reached this point
without you. So be sure to celebrate all the milestones along the way. This
will also provide encouragement during times when Mom or Dad has a craving to
light up again. Tell them how much their efforts mean to you, and continue to
encourage them in the journey to becoming smoke free.