Originally Posted by Emma17
How can I get my mum and dad to quit smoking? They always say they will stop smoking at such and such a time, but they never do, I just feel like they just lie to me and my sister constantly. I am too afraid to ask them "why they are still smoking?", "when will they quit?" and "how do they know they dont/wont get cancer?" because i have asked previously and my dad snapped at me as though it was none of my business, so i never want to ask. I feel like they are being selfish and not considering how this could affect me and my sister in the long run if they continue.
You can't make them. They probably already know and have thought about everything that you could look up to tell them. (they weren't born smoking) It's called an addiction for a reason and they are people also. They have feelings too and if they feel like they are failures anyway that might give them more reason to not try as hard to quit because they think it's useless to try. You could be hurting more than helping if you call them out all the time too because and not all adults are mature about things they shouldn't do. They could get the "I'm grown and I can do what I want" attitude about it also. They know you just want to help, but it's a fine line. You know them better than us strangers here, so i hope you do find a way to coearse them into quitting, just know that it's not because they don't love you, or respect you, or anything like that. You may get frustrated because they don't listen to you, but dont' take it personally and people get cancers. You don't have to smoke to get them. you don't have to get Second hand smoke to get them. It happens to people like any other ailment. That may be a factor in to why they aren't concerned with dying immediately. Because they won't and they know that. Are they willing to take drugs to help the quit? Every single person I know that has taken chantix has quit. (I only know 7) Maybe you could work on getting them to take that instead of getting them to stop buying cigarrettes. I know it sounds wierd, but I honestly think if you got them to take it the quitting would eventually happen.