Why Do You Smoke?
Most people don't think about when
or why they smoke. They just do it. But knowing when and why you smoke can help
you choose the quitting strategy that is most likely to work. Perhaps you
- To relieve tension, especially after
arguments or during stressful times, or when you feel angry, depressed, or
- To control your weight, either by keeping it down or
because you're afraid of weight gain if you quit.
- For stimulation, to focus, improve your concentration, or boost
your energy when you have low energy.
- To be part of the group, by joining your friends in having a cigarette.
form to find your reasons (What is a PDF document?) for smoking.
For parents: Why children and teens smoke
children and teens use cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco because their
friends do. Movies and TV shows can make smoking seem attractive.
Teens, especially girls, often use smoking to try to control their
Teens may think that smoking is a way to look more mature,
independent, and self-confident to their peers. They may smoke to rebel against
their parents. But most teens do not know how addictive cigarettes are. If your child smokes, it might help to talk with him or her
about some of the
reasons to stop smoking. If you smoke or have quit,
talk with your teen about how hard it can be to quit after you've started
Children and teens are more likely to smoke if their
parents smoke. And they are more likely to quit if their parents quit.
- Substance Abuse: Dealing With Teen Substance Abuse
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
November 12, 2012
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