Although the health risks associated with smoking are well documented,
many children and teens continue to take up the habit. One of the major
keys to effective smoking prevention is talking with your teen openly
about the dangers of using cigarettes and other tobacco products. This
Kendall Regional Medical Center and the American Cancer Society are celebrating Lung Cancer Awareness
Month as part of an ongoing campaign to inform our community about smoking
and provide the health resources needed to make a lasting plan to quit.
Discuss and Listen Patiently and Openly
Holding a discussion with your teen about smoking or tobacco use may feel
uncomfortable for you, but it’s important to recognize that this
conversation should focus on the comfort of your teen. When discussing
smoking or tobacco, try to make it clear that your teen can speak openly
without fear of judgement or punishment. Make sure to listen to his responses
to your questions, and take steps to discuss his thoughts and opinions
in a positive and informative way so he will feel that his point of view
Talk About All Tobacco Products
While smoking cigarettes remains one of the most recognizable ways to engage
in tobacco use, it’s important to discuss other forms of tobacco
and nicotine products as well. The recent development and use of
e-cigarettes has led many teens to believe that these products are safer for use, when
in reality e-cigarettes still contain harmful and addictive chemicals.
Chewing tobacco can also pose a serious health risk, and should be included
in your discussion.
On November 17th, Kendall Regional Medical Center invites you to participate
in the Great American Smokeout event and encourage someone you love to
quit smoking. You can find out more about this event and Lung Cancer Awareness
Month when you click through our website, where you’ll also find
our health resources,
health library, and patient portal. We also invite you to call our Consult-A-Nurse hotline
at (305) 223-3000 for more details about our hospital, our ER, and our
children’s and women’s services.