I smoked my first cigarette when I was 17 and continued to smoke until I was 35. I quit which was very very hard for me to do. I am a single mother. My 14 year old daughter started smoking a year ago. When I saw a pack of cigarettes in her handbag bag I begged her to stop. She refused and reminded me that I smoked as a teenager. She now is a heavy smoker. She gives me her babysitting money to buy cigarettes but I am certain her best friend’s mom, who is very well off, is supplying her with cigarettes. I got my daughter to try e cigarettes but she said they didn’t do anything for her. Here is what is heart breaking. Two weeks ago I had a really awful day at work. I came home all stressed out and found my daughter smoking at the kitchen table and doing her home work. I sat down with her. I fought myself but I lost in the end. I am so mad now when I think about it. I asked my daughter if I could take one drag. She passed me her pack and lighter and warned me that her cigarettes were very strong. I took one puff and got very dizzy. A few more puffs and I felt better but full of shame. I plan to visit the nurse practitioner at my company to find out how my daughter and I can stop smoking together. I am not sure my daughter will want to go along, but I can’t control that. I want to quit once and for all. Smoking cigarettes is so wrong and so stupid. The benefits may seem worth it but they are definitely not.
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