Ask Sarah: Cigarettes Are Killers That Travel In Packs

Posted on November 14, 2011

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Question:“My mom’s getting on to me about smoking cigarettes. I’m 18, about to graduate, and I’m about to move out. Isn’t it better to smoke cigarettes than drink until I puke?!” 

Teen Girl Smoking

Answer:

          Put yourself in her shoes. Watching someone you love and care about make decisions that could ruin his or her whole life is extremely difficult.  You are her baby and you are putting your health at risk. It is normal for her to be upset. 

          The reason she is probably against smoking is because it is so addictive, and you can get so many cancers from it. Your mom use to make sure you walked on the sidewalk just so you wouldn’t trip and skin your knee. Obviously, she is going to be against you smoking.

          Carleton Kendrick, teen expert, said that smoking is one of the worst addictions and very hard to kick permanently. Knowing your kid could possibly have trouble stopping what harms them is worrying. 

          Now I know all the excuses as to why teens smoke. Some say they only do it at parties or social gatherings to “get in the mood” with people, others say they just like being able to do what they want. I’ve heard of people doing it to look mature, to feel wanted, to get attention, and even to lose weight.

          Parents know what you’re doing to your life. Yes, parents may not be as “cool” as want them to be, but they know a lot. They have watched their own friends make the same decisions, and they saw how it unfolded. Only five percent of high school smokers said they would be smoking five years down the road. Sadly, seventy five percent were still smoking nine years later.

        Smoking is just as bad as drinking and the way your mom is acting is normal. It shows she cares about you. Yes, she probably knows you are a grown up now, but that doesn’t mean you are still not her baby.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Reported by Sarah Braun

 

 

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