What do you think of a smoking parent?

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  1. romper20 profile image79
    romper20posted 11 years ago

    I see this all too much and it's been striking a chord recently within me. Do you see Parents or Adults in general smoking near their children or associated? Talk about extremely bad role modeling. Sometimes i feel like taking justice into my own hands but how can i they already have it in theirs.

    1. rakeshhp123 profile image60
      rakeshhp123posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Every parents know smoking near their children is bad. According to source, smoking affects mostly to passive smokers than active smokers. So I feel they are not only risking their life but also ruining their family health too. Thank you

    2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image87
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      There actually has been some discussion that smoking around children may come to be viewed as a form of child abuse.  Unlike adults, children are unable to avoid the second hand smoke that can damage them.  Kids who constantly breathe second hand smoke can become addicted and if children even know their parents smoke, they are more likely to become smokers themselves.  Parents who smoke after they have children are making the wrong choice.  This isn't a matter of judging them, it's just the truth.

      1. cloverleaffarm profile image69
        cloverleaffarmposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        If that is the case, then feeding your child unhealthy food, and allowing them to become obese should be child abuse.

        1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image87
          TIMETRAVELER2posted 11 years agoin reply to this

          I agree

  2. cloverleaffarm profile image69
    cloverleaffarmposted 11 years ago

    Being a child of two smokers, and a parent who smoked in front of their children, maybe I am the wrong person to answer this.
    I will tell you, that one should not judge another. Nicotine is a worse "drug" to overcome than cocaine, and heroin. It is VERY difficult to quit once you start. And there are studies that show, people who smoke have an "addictive personality". If it wasn't cigarettes, it would have been something worse.
    While both my parents smoked, only one of their children smoked. The same goes for my kids.
    As far as I'm concerned, I would rather see someone smoke in front of their kids, than drink alcohol. Talk about a bad role model. I can think of plenty of other bad role modeling for children too. Like seeing a 10 year old who is morbidly obese, because the parents are obese. This is far worse, and harder to overcome as an adult. It bugs me to see "the fat family" in malls. I feel bad for those kids. What about the father who yells at the kid? That is doing more damage than smoking could ever think of. That child will have internal scars the rest of their life. What about the mother who slaps their kid? What about the parent who gets high in the living room? What kind of role model is that? I can think of worse habits, or role modeling than smoking. Some, I can not write here.
    So, how would you take justice into your own hands? Would you arrest them? Would you put them in jail? Community service? Or would you tar and feather them?
    Smoking is a bad habit, and can be a bad model for kids. But, until one is the "perfect" role model, one should not cast stones at another.

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image87
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      It isn't a matter of casting stones.  Second hand smoke kills.  Period.

      1. cloverleaffarm profile image69
        cloverleaffarmposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        It is a matter of casting stones. All these people against smoking, but not one has mentioned drinking in front of your kids, or smoking pot, or feeding your kids crappy foods...or any other bad habit. I've seen men who degrade women in front of their sons. They are teaching their sons to abuse women. Sorry, that is much worse than smoking around them.
        Allowing a child to become obese kills too.

        1. rebekahELLE profile image87
          rebekahELLEposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          It's not about casting stones. The thread clearly asks about views concerning parents who smoke. An obese child can start exercising, and eat healthier when they're old enough to make their own choices; the child can't do much about his asthma and weakened lung capacity because of his parent's need to smoke.

          Cigarette packages will now carry one vivid color image and one of these warnings about the consequences of smoking: "Cigarettes are addictive"; "Tobacco smoke can harm your children"; "Cigarettes cause fatal lung disease"; "Cigarettes cause cancer"; "Cigarettes cause strokes and heart disease"; "Smoking during pregnancy can harm your baby"; "Smoking can kill you"; "Tobacco smoke causes fatal lung disease in nonsmokers"; and "Quitting smoking now greatly reduces serious risks to your health."

  3. calpol25 profile image59
    calpol25posted 11 years ago

    I am sorry but, my father smoked outside and never around us as children, and it did not bother us, what right have we to judge? You can not take the law into your own hands because then you cross a boundary by trying to tell some one how to live their life.

    Smoking is a choice made by a person so that is their choice, I dont agree with smoking around children nor do I agree with smoking indoors either as I am smoker and smoke outside and never around children.

    But I do not have the right to tell another how to live or to judge them, plus if the whole world was to stop smoking tomorrow then taxes would rise on alcohol and other things to compensate for the billions countries make a day on the sales of cigarettes.

    Sorry I know that many of you will not agree with me but this is my opinion. smile

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image87
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Your father protected you from his smoking.  Big difference.  This isn't a matter of judging others, it's a matter of scientifically proven health hazards from second hand smoke that can ruin children's health.

  4. im28beyond profile image60
    im28beyondposted 11 years ago

    More than the role model issues with smoking parents, I think it should be banned for health reasons. My dad was a heavy smoker. He died many years after years of smoking but it's actually an accumulation of his drinking alcohol and smoking. Things could have been different. you know.

  5. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 11 years ago

    Parents are their child's role model, provider, protector, teacher.

    I always feel bad for the children because they will (and do) suffer health issues. Children come to school stinking like cigarette smoke, their backpacks, etc.

    At least parents can smoke outside with doors closed if they need to smoke.
    Second hand smoke is very damaging to the lungs. Everyone should know that.

    1. Druid Dude profile image60
      Druid Dudeposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      My kids went to school and got sick from your kids and the youngest one just died. Smoking isn't the only hazard in public. The kids who smell like smoke swiped cigs or bummed some on their way to school.

      1. Druid Dude profile image60
        Druid Dudeposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        The above is a fictionalized account....no condolences please!smile

      2. rebekahELLE profile image87
        rebekahELLEposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        I doubt it, they're preschool age. Some are babies.  wink

        The OP is asking about smoking parents.

  6. profile image0
    Kathryn LJposted 11 years ago

    What about parents with fat kids?  Diabetes, heart disease, stroke, all because they are allowed to stuff their face full of salt, sugar, fat and carbs.  I will have more time for people condemning smoking parents, when we all accept that obesity in children is child abuse.  Actually, they're about as bad as one another.  And people who go on about how other people behave, they're really bad.  Dam.

  7. Eric Newland profile image61
    Eric Newlandposted 11 years ago

    Smoking around children can have acute effects, especially for very young children. It significantly increases the risk of SIDS and asthma, and I've read that even the residual smell on clothing can be harmful, so merely going outside to smoke is not enough to protect them. As far as infants are concerned smoking isn't really in the same category as "letting your kids eat McDonald's." It's more of a "not buckling your kid's car seat" kind of recklessness.

  8. Alastar Packer profile image74
    Alastar Packerposted 11 years ago

    A parent or parents who smoke are doing any children they have a disservice because no matter how bad the children are told smoking is from any source the odds are some of those kids will become smokers themselves. Parents are the main people in life a child will later emulate whatever the habit or activity.

  9. paries profile image60
    pariesposted 11 years ago

    smoking is really a bad habit..we know that smoking kills...if you love your children, you'll be concious about their health...

  10. dutchman1951 profile image60
    dutchman1951posted 11 years ago

    Smoking Parent? No worse than one who uses pills for every woe; valum,alchol, high energy drinks to pick us up. Allowing the over diagnosis of an active child, etc.., etc...  All of it perfictly bad examples for any Child to notice, or be swept up in.

    And all of it a detriment to good Physical health as well as Mental health.

    As Adults we do a lot of dammage and do not realise it, until it is to late. Cigaretts are just a samll portion of what we do wrong!  Think about it?

  11. Druid Dude profile image60
    Druid Dudeposted 11 years ago

    First, determine if they are on fire. If not, then don't panic. If they are on fire: Call 911 and extinguish them if possible. Keep them still till the ambulance and fire department arrive. This has been a public service message.


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