How do I get my parents to stop smoking?
July 9, 2009 7:36am CST
My parents have been smoking for years. I have asthma and I have a 3 year old little brother. My parents try not to smoke around us and used to smoke out of our chimney in the winter. But now we just moved into a new house, and there is no fireplace so they just smoke in the house. They can't afford to use those quit smoking programs and buying cigarettes 3 times a day doesn't help. They are truly amazing people, but smoking isn't really making a good influence on others especially my brother and I. How can I get them to stop smoking?
• United States
9 Jul 09
Well the simple answer is, you can't. Unless they are ready to quit smoking, they aren't going to do it. If they want to quit but can't afford the quit smoking stuff they could talk to their doctor. If they have health insurance the doctor could give them a prescription for a pill that helps quitting smoking. Or they could just try to slowly cut back until they don't need them anymore. That is how my husband quit. He figured out how many he was smoking in a day and then slowly started smoking less until he was down to only two day. Then with only one or two a day he decided he didn't need them at all and he hasn't had one in over a year now. You could try looking up the affects that smoking in a house with children would have on the children's health and bring that up to you parents and tell them that you love them and want them to quit.