Kicking the Habit: Harder If You're A Teen

Some disadvantages of being a teenager: can’t drive, can’t vote, always broke, curfew, homework, and those pesky zits. But you can add a new one to the list: it seems teens have fewer aids for kicking the smoking habit.

While there are plenty of options for adults to stop smoking, there aren't as many for teens. First, there’s the issue of seeking treatment since you’re stuck in class all day, then there’s the fact you aren’t supposed to be smoking, so asking your parents for help isn’t the most desirable option. (Who really wants to get grounded, right?) So what’s a teen to do who wants to stop sucking on the ole nic stick?

One option is The American Lung Association’s program, Not-On-Tobacco. It’s designed to help teens 14-19 quit, offering “schools and community groups a unique, proven program for helping these teens quit.” That’s right, you can quit in the convenience of your own school.

Of course, the best way to avoid this problem is to not start smoking, but we know that’s easier said than done. I don't smoke, but I personally never thought my candy habit would escalate the way it has, so in some ways, I can relate. Sort of.