Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate moms. It is also a great time for moms to remember the important role they play in influencing the choices their kids make regarding tobacco use. Unfortunately, tobacco use among women remains a serious problem. According to 2012 nationwide statistics from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, more than 20 million women currently smoke, an estimated 200,000 women die every year from smoking, and more than 86,000 kids have already lost their mom to smoking.
“Women are a major target of the tobacco industry. They market to women and girls by researching how females view themselves, their aspirations, and the social pressures they face in order to develop well-crafted campaigns to sell women tobacco,” said Roy Hart, Director of the Office of Tobacco Control with the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH).
Moms who smoke can celebrate Mother’s Day by quitting, and all moms, whether or not they smoke, can celebrate Mother’s Day by helping to protect their kids from becoming another one of the tobacco industry’s victims. As a parent, you are one of the most important persons in a child’s life. You can make a big difference in the choices your kids make just by doing the following:
- Maintain a smoke-free home and car.
- Educate your child about the dangers of tobacco use.
- Talk about how hard it is to quit smoking if you start.
- Emphasize the immediate health effects caused by smoking.
- Emphasize the effects smoking has on physical appearance such as
- wrinkled skin, yellow teeth, etc.
- Listen to what your child says about smoking.
- Support local smoke-free air laws.
“The facts are clear: smoking kills,” said Keetha Mosley, Project Director of the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition of Choctaw, Montgomery, and Webster Counties. “But there are opportunities for Mississippi’s tobacco users to win the war against their addictions. People who get help are twice as likely to quit for good. With all of the resources available today to help, there has never been a better time to quit smoking,” said Mosley. “Make this Mother’s Day the day you quit.”
For more information, visit the Mississippi Tobacco Quitline at www.quitlinems.com or call
1-800-QUITNOW or 1-800-784-8669. Also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/QuitlineMS or Twitter at www.twitter.com/QuitlineMS.