3 Ways You Can Help Prevent Tobacco Use
In Oklahoma, heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and lung disease are the leading causes of death. Tobacco is proven to cause all of them.
After witnessing tobacco’s heartbreaking impact, many of us have felt helpless and angry. While you may not be able to change the world, you can make a world of difference by being a positive, supportive influence.
Here are 3 ways you can help prevent tobacco use in your life:
1. TALK WITH KIDS EARLY & OFTEN
It’s never too early to talk about the dangers of tobacco. The earlier they’re exposed to tobacco education, the better equipped they’ll be to say no when confronted with peer pressure and aggressive tobacco marketing. Don’t forget to keep the dialogue open, because each day brings new challenges and pressures.
2. LEAD BY EXAMPLE
Being a role model isn’t about telling people what to do. It’s about letting your actions speak for you. By saying no to tobacco, you show people around you – especially those younger than you – how good life can be without it. Remember: you don’t have to be older than someone to influence them.
3. SUPPORT QUITTERS
Adults need support too! Quitting tobacco can be a lengthy struggle for many adults. The more support you give, the stronger they’ll be. Plus, you’ll provide accountability, one of the most powerful tools a quitter needs. When a recovering tobacco user has someone looking out for them, and helping them through times of stress, they’re far less likely to relapse. Free services at the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline are available for Oklahomans who want to quit tobacco.
Being a positive influence is contagious. The ripple effect could have more of an impact than you ever thought possible.
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