Parents & Teachers
What to say to kids
If it makes you uncomfortable talking about tobacco use because you use tobacco, explain how you got started and how hard it is to quit. Explain that you never thought you would get addicted when you started.
Talk to each other
Encourage the child to ask questions and tell you their thoughts, feelings, and fears.
Give a child your full attention. Always listen carefully to what they have to say. Be open and try not to judge or lecture. Put yourself in their shoes.
Don’t get discouraged
If the conversation ends too soon, try again at another time. If you need more information, try one of the information web sites or hot lines:
Mississippi State Department of Health
The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Mississippi Tobacco Quitline
In Mississippi, adults who want to quit tobacco can get free help from the Mississippi Tobacco Quitline by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or registering online at www.quitlinems.com.
Let the child know you are always available to talk. Help them find information about the risks of tobacco use that they can understand.
Use television, radio and magazine stories to promote discussions on various health topics.
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