Any time parents spend with their children can be a good time to talk about not smoking cigarettes, and if time is difficult to find, it can be a good idea for parents to make an appointment.
It’s important to set special times to talk with your kids about critical issues like quitting smoking, says Dr. Michael Popkin, a parenting expert.
Knowing how difficult it is to start a conversation, Popkin supports a new initiative, the Talk Pledge, that offers parents a ready-to-go opportunity. Speak early, talk a lot, The Lorillard Tobacco Company’s Youth Smoking Prevention Program offers free movie vouchers for parents who are committed to talking to their children about not smoking.
“Movie coupons aren’t just a bonus; they’ll help clear the way for an intimate parent-child conversation,” Popkin says. “Any chance of getting a no smoking message is a good chance, even on your way to and from the theater. Parents who agree to speak on KeepKidsFrom Smoking.com will earn movie vouchers that can be redeemed at the box office for free admission.”
Each parent will receive a voucher, valid for an adult and child, while supplies last. Those interested should check in early as quantities are limited.
Those who agree to speak will receive movie coupons as well as a special tip sheet as the conversation begins.
“Parents often ask me when is the best time to talk to children about not smoking,” said Dr. Popkin. “While there are definitely things you can do (and avoid) to make conversations more effective, any time is a good time to talk. Conversations can happen on the way to school or to the movies. They can happen at mealtime or at bedtime. The thing is. The important thing is that it occurs at an early age and is often enough for the message to remain. “