All kids really want this Christmas is for their parents to stop smoking

More than half of children with a parent who smokes say that their one wish for Christmas is that their mum or dad give up smoking.

Kids say they would go without Christmas presents, give up their pocket money and complete their homework every night, if it meant their parents would quit their smoking habit.

Almost 98% of children with a smoking parent wish that they would quit, with three quarters worrying about their parents dying.

The research, which was carried out for the Government’s Department of Health, said that young people are so against smoking they’ve labelled it “stupid”, say they will never try a cigarette and that they wish nobody in the world smoked.

Almost a third of children surveyed admitted to hiding their parents’ cigarettes in a desperate attempt to help them quit smoking.

The research, which quizzed 1,000 seven to 13-year-olds, has come out at the same time as new television adverts showing real kids talking about how worried they are about their parents smoking




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  • musicluva (Age 12) wrote on Friday, 25 November 2011 @ 17:39

    QUIT SMOKING PEOPLE. YOU ARE NOT BEING COOL, MAKING YOU FEEL BETTER OR ANY OF THAT STUFF, YOU ARE JUST KILLING YOURSELF!!!!!

  • redhorse10 (Age 14) wrote on Friday, 25 November 2011 @ 18:27

    This isn't something I have to think about... But I agree with the statement about never smoking. :)

  • sweetcandy (Age 11) wrote on Saturday, 26 November 2011 @ 11:08

    I think it is utterly awful. Fortunatly my parents don't smoke but when I went to Italy this year their rules aren't the same as ours so they can smoke anywhere. And adults were smoking in public places around their children. It was terrible.

  • alexcool (Age 11) wrote on Saturday, 26 November 2011 @ 15:38

    I want my Dad to stop smoking but he doesn't stop. I don't know what to do

  • millieboo (Age 10) wrote on Sunday, 27 November 2011 @ 14:30

    I HATE SMOKERS! Each cigerrette you take, you lose 11 minutes of your life!

  • Zackarius (Age 11) wrote on Sunday, 27 November 2011 @ 19:25

    my parents don't smoke. but it's auful that people do :(

  • superdog7 (Age 13) wrote on Monday, 28 November 2011 @ 16:43

    i did not know that millieboo my perants do not smoke they gave it up when my older bro was little

  • AquaPuppy (Age 12) wrote on Monday, 28 November 2011 @ 19:38

    My Dad smokes, and I really want him to quit. My grandad (his dad) died of lung cancer from smoking. He basically ignores all those 'Smoking kills' signs on the cigarette packets and he has one about ten times a day. I really don't want my dad to die. :(

  • AquaPuppy (Age 12) wrote on Monday, 28 November 2011 @ 19:41

    My mum used to smoke, but she quit in 2004. :) I made the big mistake of trying her Nicorette!

  • Balerocks (Age 8) wrote on Tuesday, 29 November 2011 @ 19:46

    I think that smoking is bad.

  • Crystal- (Age 14) wrote on Wednesday, 30 November 2011 @ 09:45

    my dad smokes too aquapuppy and i always ask him to quit and i take his cigars away but he just goes and buys more, he has 3 or maybe less packests a day coz i kept asking him too :(

  • jeewon01 (Age 11) wrote on Thursday, 1 December 2011 @ 07:53

    I agree with this idea. My dad also smokes. I don't know how much he does, but probably at least twice a week. We are studying about the negative effects of cigarette in school these days, and I feel horrible when I see such pictures of the sick people due to the cigarettes. Some of them also had a hole on their neck! It looked disgusting.. I hope my dad won't be so.

  • superdog7 (Age 13) wrote on Thursday, 8 December 2011 @ 13:36

    how would they het a hole in there neck from smoking?