Do you feel worried for friends that smoke cigarettes?

@maximax8 (27053)
March 18, 2013 9:54am CST
I have a few friends that smoke cigarettes. I realize that it is a hard habit to give up. Is it right for them to smoke in front of the children? Do you think children of smokers grow up thinking smoking is fine? Please discuss.
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• India
18 Mar 13
Hi friend, i agree it is hard to give up the smoking habit, but we can give up it with our determination. Nothing is impossible to a willing heart. It is not a good habit to smoke in front of kids, it will spoil them. We must try our maximum to give up this habit if we have it, as we know we don't get any great benefits from this habit which causes cancer.
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@maximax8 (27053)
18 Mar 13
Hi My friend. I have determination for my traveling. Many of my smoker friends are not that strong with their willpower. Cancer is a horrible illness and smokers can get this perhaps in the future. I can't see my friends get that and so wish they would listen. Thanks for your great response.
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@ElicBxn (59825)
• United States
19 Mar 13
My folks smoked until my mother quit in like 1961 or 62. However, my dad continued to smoke off, but mostly on, the rest of his life. My brother smoked for a little while when he was a pretty young teen, but quit when he started coughing up blood. My sister and I never started. My roommate's folks never smoked, well, her dad did until he accidentally had his blind daughter walk into one. Both her brothers smoke (but they are idiots.) It seems that all their girl friends also smoke/d and now at least her youngest brother's oldest 3 kids smoke...
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@ElicBxn (59825)
• United States
19 Mar 13
My brother is not younger, he's a couple of years older than I am... he's going to be 62 this year. My roomie is all right, she wasn't burned badly.
@leateagee (3667)
• China
18 Mar 13
I am worried about people who smoke. And definitely not happy seeing them smoke in front of kids. Second hand smoke is worst than the first. This is the vice that is so hard to control and contain. It is polluting the air so fast.
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@maximax8 (27053)
19 Mar 13
It is great that you are also worried about the people that smoke. It is so sad some parents do smoke in front of their child. Air pollution can be disgusting. Have a lovely day.
@leateagee (3667)
• China
3 Apr 13
. Parents or people who do this are selfish. They are only thinking of their own pleasure.
@vandana7 (53460)
• India
18 Mar 13
I'd be lying if I said I feel concerned about their health. I have met many who have smoked till they reached 70+ so chances that I the not even passive smoker dying increase considerably around that period. However, I do consider the thing holistically and economically. I often give them an estimate of how much is the money they would smoke during their life time, and translate it into the number of years of their working life. That does scare them into giving up. I also tell them that when they get sick, the government would also have to pay for their medication and the money that should be leaving for their children's education or job creation unfortunately getfs consumed in treating them. This also scares some of them. But having said that, most of them leave for a couple of days before resuming.
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@jiiiiin (569)
• Philippines
19 Mar 13
I have a close friend from high school who didn't smoke before but when she enter college she started to smoke. She told me that she's problematic that's why she's smoking. She always listen to me because we're close that's why I told her to stop or else I'll told her mom that she's smoking. She said she'll stop and I am trusting her to do that.
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@maximax8 (27053)
19 Mar 13
It is interesting to hear about your close friend from high school. It is a shame she began smoking when she went to college. She worried what would happen if you told her mom so I am delighted that she is giving up smoking.
• Portugal
18 Mar 13
I do feel worried for them sometimes... but it's their choice, so I'm not too caring at the same. Smoking can be a pleasure hard to give up, but I guess it's all down to you. If someone wanted to really quit, someone really serious about it, they would. I did.
@jaiho2009 (38810)
• Philippines
18 Mar 13
I am always worried for my loved ones when it comes to health, same with my friends. I try my best to remind them the harm effect it may cause. About parents who smokes- I have seen a few parents who doesn't care smoking in front of their kids. But some parents are too considerate to hide or smoke away from their kids. In my opinion- parents should not do smoke in front of their kids or in any possible way should stop smoking for their own welfare.
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@maximax8 (27053)
18 Mar 13
When I see one particular friend cough I know her smoking is to blame. She smokes at home when her two children are at school. It is great she doesn't smoke in front of her kids. I wish she could give her body a chance and stop smoking. Her doctor told her she has high cholesterol and must change her diet. She moans her diet is too bland. After dinner she gets her husband to look after the children whilst she goes out to smoke some more. Thanks for your lovely response.
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@Raine38 (8905)
• United States
18 Mar 13
I worry for them, most especially if they have kids. Not only are they setting a bad example but the kids are also in danger of inhaling side stream smoke which is also as bad as if they are smoking themselves. It really is bad for the health and they should consider their kids' future if not for themselves.
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@chiyosan (29390)
• Philippines
18 Mar 13
Ib think smoking parents should v try as much as possible to not let their children that they are smoking. My brother and my sister in law both smokes and I one time I heard my niece tell my sis in law that they should go out so they can walk outside and also outside my sis can smoke in there. It was alarming and the kids were used to going out after every meal so they can join their parents to smoke! ! And of course it was as though this is normal for the kids!
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@maximax8 (27053)
18 Mar 13
I think a lady that is pregnant should give up smoking. Then if she goes back to smoking when her baby is born she could spoke away from her child. It was alarming what your niece told your sister in law. Yes, then the kids feel smoking is normal.
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@riempie9 (1026)
• South Africa
10 Apr 13
How will you deter your children from smoking if they see their parents are lighting up? You set the example for your kids. Monkey see, monkey do. Have you heard of that expression? My mother would say, 'don't scratch where it does not itch'. A good bit of advice. There is NOTHING good about smoking, only the promise of a coffin.
@Pegasus72 (1904)
10 Apr 13
I pray for them, not really worry about the, they chose to do it. I married my husband knowing he smoked and for years he did, until one day he woke up coughing really bad and said that is enough and quit. Praying did help him. Sometimes no matter what people have seen or heard about cancer they just don't care, they think it can't happen to them.
@JamesKYTan (1607)
• Malaysia
25 Mar 13
Fortunately all my friends are non-smokers. Birds of the same feathers flock together. Personally I don't it is good to smoke in front of the children. Children learn by observation. My father smokes. So it is alright for me to smoke. Hence, they learn to smoke from young. Who teach them? Their father. Their father without realizing teach them by smoking in the presence of young children. Their father has no power to reprimand them for smoking. The children will retort back, "If smoking is bad, why do you still smoke? Why don't you seek professional help,eh?"
@sunsham68 (1381)
• India
21 Mar 13
You are right, smokers really need to watch out about smoking in front of kids both for their health and for the bad example they are setting up. but its not easy, I have seen so many people struggle with it. Better never to get hooked in the first place!!
• Hong Kong
20 Mar 13
For adult, for children, smoke are not good for health. evey body know that. for you health, for you life, give up it. I don't smoke.
@ashpm87 (17)
• South Korea
20 Mar 13
Yes... its a very hard habbit to give up smoking. Once you start, it becomes a part of your life. You will be addicted to it, just like that. And the smokers is considerate, he /she will not smoke in front of anyone, especially children. They are the most affected among all. It will create problems to the kids later on in life. and some may get an idea to smoke at a very young age. Smoking in front of children should be avoided at all costs
• India
20 Mar 13
i was a chain smoker, later i was forced to give it up. It wasn't ma parents or ma friends it was my own decision.But i have never ever smoked in front of any children.Yes, children of smokers can grow up to chain smokers, my dad was a smoker and seeing him smoke i also wanted to try it.But it was a friend of mine who led me to smoking.later i became a chain smoker, i suffered from severe cough and went to a doctor who examined me and told me to quit smoking or else i will suffer more.It was a bit hard to quit.But by god's grace i succeeded in giving up that worst habit i had.Now i feel so happy that i can breath so easily.Now i am also convincing few of ma friends to quit smoking.:)
20 Mar 13
Smoking in front of the children is not good because children do the same of what they see from the older one..It seems that smoking is not good for the health of the children most likely when they do it in front,the children can smell the smoke,so the children is what we call the second hand smoker,which it can build up problem to their health..
@sylvia13 (1851)
• Nelson Bay, Australia
20 Mar 13
It is not only friends who are smoking, but my own sister and nephews too. I am really worried, as I have notice that my sister can barely speak on the phone, as she doesn't stop coughing! She has already stopped smoking once, but now she seems to be back it again!
• South Africa
19 Mar 13
Smoking or drinking should be done away from kids. Second hand smoke is addicting. They want more then just the smell and you the person they will pinch smokes off. If you an adult act like one and smoke away from kids. I'm a smoker btw. I never smoke where people might not like it. I'm discrete and respectful. If i'm somewhere im not allowed to smoke then i ask if its ok to leave a smoke hanging from my mouth and almost always people have no issue and actually thank you for not just simply lighting up
@dlr297 (4990)
• United States
19 Mar 13
smoking is a very hard habit to break,,,I have smoked for about 45 years now...I have 8 children....I smoked in front of them all from day one....Back when i had them you could smoke in your hospital room...... Out of 8 children...only 3 of them smoke.....So no i do not think just because a parent smokes...children think that it is fine.... I think that it should be the right of the parent to decide if they smoke in front of their own children or not.....And each person has the right to decide if they want to smoke or not.... Do you feel worried for your health, or the health of others..The health of your children because of Sugar....Because it is just as dangerous. and bad for your health...Who do you think should make that decision....Look around and see what is going on in New York right now with them trying to ban large drinks because of how bad drinking large sizes are......Just another way for someone to try and control someone else....Another freedom Gone...... FREEDOM of choice should be left up to each person...When you take one freedom away because you do not like it. Where does it stop....When we have no freedom left at all.