How do you keep your kids from smoking? Our kids are still too young for us to worry about it but it is something I have thought of. I was probably pretty unlikely to ever start smoking but I remember when I was young, probably grade 2 or 3, we were visited by someone representing the Canadian Lung Association and was left with a lasting image I have not yet forgotten. They brought in 2 lungs, both from people around the same age. One was from a smoker and one was from a non-smoker. The non-smoker’s lung like a piece of un-cooked steak while the smoker’s lung looked like the same steak left on the BBQ a few hours too long. Smoking does that to your insides? No thank you.
Lisa showed me this video of a 10-year old that developed a key chain with the similar type of message. I am not sure how much these key chains, or the burnt lung, would scare kids from starting smoking in the first place, but I like to think that if you explain to kids what is going on, that they will be able to make some sensible decisions. If you just tell them that smoking is bad and they shouldn’t start, than the rebel in them sees an opportunity to defy, but if you show them the actual damage that the habit can do to your body and tell them that the choice is there’s to make, maybe they may make the right decision for themselves. If you are going to tell a child that smoking is bad, make sure it is not a habit that you currently have or the message will be hollow.