How Can I Help My Teen Quit Smoking for Good?

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My 18-year-old son quit smoking for a few weeks, but now he says he wants to go back to it. He says he's been under a lot of stress, having mood swings, and is a lot more fidgety. How can I convince him to change his mind?
Audrey

It's tough to quit smoking. Nicotine is addicting — and your son may be showing signs of withdrawal. He might want to get some nicotine gum or the nicotine patch so that he isn't having all those unpleasant symptoms. However, if he has quit for a few weeks, the symptoms should be lessening.

It's great that he has been interested in quitting — that is the most important step in the process. Keep encouraging him — but, ultimately, the decision to quit is his.

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: February 2013

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Related Resources

OrganizationCampaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Launched in September, 1995, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids was created to protect young people from tobacco addiction. Contact them at: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
1400 Eye St.
Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 296-5469
Web SiteKick Butts Day The annual Kick Butts Day is the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids' annual celebration of youth advocacy, leadership and activism.
Web SiteTobaccoFree.org This site includes links to online anti-smoking resources.
Web SiteQuitNet QuitNet offers tips, tools, and help for those who want to quit smoking.
Web SiteSmokefree.gov This site contains facts and information about how to quit smoking.


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