Studies have shown that parents have a significant influence on young people’s decisions about alcohol consumption, especially when parents create supportive and nurturing environments in which their children can make their own decisions. In fact, around 80 percent of children feel that parents should have a say in whether they drink alcohol.
Our Parents, Take a Stand campaign provides resources to parents to talk to their children and prevent youth substance use. Find all the tools you need here and help us take a stand against youth substance abuse.
Do you know the reality about Tobacco?
There are many misconceptions among both youth and adults regarding tobacco use and its effects. Take a look at some common myths and find out the truth.
MYTH: Tobacco is not a drug.
FACT: Tobacco is a plant that contains nicotine, an ingredient that can be extremely addictive. An addiction to nicotine is often compared to having an addiction to heroin or cocaine.
MYTH: Once you’ve started using tobacco the damage is done and it is pointless to quit.
FACT: When a person stops using tobacco, whether it is smoking or dip, the body immediately starts to repair itself. Within 20 minutes of quitting your body starts the healing process. Yes, the longer you use tobacco the more harm your body endures; but the sooner you quit that sooner your body heals.
MYTH: Filters make cigarettes safer.
FACT: No cigarette is safe. Filters are designed to make smoke particles smaller which leads to the nicotine being easier to absorb, which ends in increased addiction. Filters do not protect you whatsoever, they are designed to feed into your addiction.
MYTH: Secondhand smoke isn’t dangerous.
FACT: It is not at all healthy to breathe in any amount of smoke. Tens of thousands of nonsmokers dies every year from constantly being around and breathing in someone else’s smoke. Inhaling the chemicals found in cigarette smoke alters your blood chemistry and can cause deathly clots that block arteries to the brain or heart.
MYTH: Smoking helps people relax and relieve stress
FACT: No other drug keeps a user as preoccupied as smoking. The nicotine found in cigarettes, cigars, etc. is a known simulant, which are meant to speed up your body. It does not calm your body down by any means. For example: in a single day, a 2 pack a day smoker spends roughly 3 to 4 hours a day with a cigarette in their mouth, hand , or ashtray.
MYTH: Smoking an occasional cigarette is not a big deal.
FACT: Smoking doesn’t discriminate based on usage. It will give disease to anyone regardless of how often a person smokes. Each cigarette harms yours lungs, blood vessels, and various cells throughout the body. Simply cutting back isn’t enough to prevent disease.
Parents, take a stand and be a good example for your children by not smoking Tobacco. Know the risks and have a conversation with your teen about them.