Smoking/Tobacco Cessation

Also known as: smoking, electronic smoking, nicotine cessation, quitting smoking, quitting tobacco.

What is smoking/tobacco cessation?

90% of adults smokers begin cigarette smoking in their teens; some starting even earlier, with children being particularly susceptible to cigarette advertising. As cigarettes contain nicotine, a highly addictive substance, your Pediatrician can advise you and be a resource for and help you/your child stop smoking.  

What are the symptoms of smoking/tobacco cessation?

Nicotine/cigarette withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Sweating

  • Headaches

  • Sore throat

  • Insomnia

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Hand or foot tingling

  • Nicotine cravings


What are smoking/tobacco cessation care options? 

Perhaps the most important part of helping your child to stop smoking is not to “lecture”  or ”punish” them, but help them in the difficult process. This might involve firstly not accepting their excuses that they can “stop anytime,” and avoiding threats or ultimatums. If you smoke, set a good example and stop smoking (your physician can help with suggestions) - it will help your child to quit if you do; show interest, understanding and remain involved, supporting them in his/her struggle; ask your child if he/ she thinks are any problems associated with smoking and offer your own list of the complications that may occur. Discourage electronic smoking and help/guide your child to lay out a plan in writing which they/their friends and you can follow. Nicotine replacement products may be helpful with some children. Celebrate and reward your child's success.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

This page was last updated on: 11/9/2017 1:50:02 PM

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