What Will Your Kids end up Doing if You Don’t Stop Smoking?

What Will Your Kids end up Doing if You Don’t Stop Smoking?

It might sound like a silly question, but think about it: What will your kids end up doing if you don’t stop smoking? Let’s consider the implications for a minute…

stop smoking,quit smokingFirstly, we have to accept that children today are growing up in a completely different world to the one we grew up in. We did not have cell phones or Playstation(R), or even internet access. Drugs were limited to stuff like weed, LSD and Heroin.

Today, kids are bombarded with ads and media from every angle. Just like in the sixties, the “hero” of the movie usually smokes. But this time, the movie is not only something seen on the big screen. It is on DVD, Youtube, video clips distributed on cellphones…

The suggestion that “smoking is cool” is everywhere.

Furthermore, there are many more drugs around than when we grew up. Sadly, many of these are monster drugs – allowing very little chance of escape once the victim is hooked.

Lastly, keep in mind that peer pressure is a lot worse than when we were young. It is not limited to drinking and daring others to do stupid stuff any more – there is an ever growing pressure on teenagers to “do this if you want to be part of the cool circle”…

The things they have to do are often ridiculous and often dangerous. And often these things create situations that change their life paths.

Now…

Consider this: If you smoke, and refuse to stop smoking, you set the example of “it’s ok”. Fair enough, it might not be a big deal…

Or is it?

What if smoking cigarettes is just the “first step” your child takes to fit in with the crowd? What if it is just the first step of a journey that leads to addiction and self destruction?

Think about it. Your child takes – due to peer pressure – a smoke, in order to fit in with the crowd. After all, my parents do it, so it can’t be that bad. When the next pressure point comes along, it is much more difficult to resist – because he or she already gave in once…

It has been proven time and time again that smoking becomes a “gateway” that leads many youngsters to experiment with different drugs later on.

Now consider this:

If you DON’T smoke, and you DON’T set an example of “it’s ok”, it becomes harder for your child to justify “taking the first step” in succumbing to peer pressure – because it’s NOT ok.

So…

If you don’t stop smoking, and your child ends up involved with drugs, you will forever be wondering if you could have prevented it.

And DON’T think that because it did not cause YOU to go astray, that it will be just as simple and clear for your kids to stay on track.

They live in a totally different world.

Are you willing to take the risk?

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