Parents are besieged nowadays by endless tasks. From Zoom-schooling their kids to keeping them entertained, their list of responsibilities is loooonnnngggg. High on that list is steering their kids clear of trouble. And that includes making sure they don’t smoke.
A new study at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) found that setting firm rules about tobacco use was more effective than just talking to children about the risks of smoking. And those rules had to apply to everyone in the home.
The five-year study following 23,000 children and teenagers aged 12 to 17 also found that parents were less likely to suspect that their child used tobacco if the kid vaped, smoked e-cigarettes or used smokeless tobacco. About 70% of the parents of children who smoked said they knew or suspected it. But only 40 percent of parents of children who used e-cigarettes were aware of it.