Know the facts and connect with support to help you address known or suspected substance use with your child.
Tobacco is an agricultural crop. Nicotine is the addictive drug found in tobacco. Tobacco is usually smoked, but can also be “dipped” or “chewed” so the nicotine is absorbed through the gums.
Some teens smoke because they see their parents or friends doing it. They see smoking in popular media. Smoking may make teens feel confident, and provide a common ground for interacting with like-minded teens — a way to instantly bond with a group of kids. Smoking cigarettes can be a form of rebellion to flaunt their independence and make their parents angry.
Signs of use include an increased use of breath fresheners and excuses to go outside. If you’re concerned your child may be using tobacco or other nicotine products (including vaping), the following can help you address the behavior more effectively.
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“Risks of Tobacco.” MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 6 Dec. 2018, https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002032.htm
NIDA. “Tobacco/Nicotine and E-Cigs.” National Institute on Drug Abuse, https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/tobacconicotine-e-cigs. Accessed 19 Dec. 2018.