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Sudbury, MA 01776
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Sudbury Lincoln CRANE Newsletter
FEATURED TOPIC: GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT
While smoking has declined in the United States over the last several years, cigarettes and other tobacco product use remains relevant, which means it is always important for parents and guardians to talk with children early on about the dangers of smoking cigarettes and tobacco.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tobacco use begins primarily during adolescence. More than 3,200 people under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette every day in the United States.
Although there is still work to do to completely end tobacco use, the trends in Lincoln and Sudbury are encouraging. According to the 2016 MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey (MWAHS) results, cigarette use among Curtis Middle School students has continued to decline. In fact, cigarette smoking among middle school students has declined at every time point since the MWAHS began — current levels are at one-third of those first measured in 2006.
At the high school level, the percentage of students who have smoked in their lifetime and who currently smoke remains low. The 2016 MWAHS results showed that 15 percent of seniors, 8 percent of juniors, 6 percent of sophomores and 6 percent of freshman had reported smoking cigarettes in their lifetime. Additionally, lifetime electronic cigarette use by LS students is down by 3 percent since 2014 and current electronic cigarette use is down by 6 percent since 2014.
The MWAHS results indicated that the most common ways students are getting cigarettes is by borrowing them from someone else or giving money to someone else to buy them.
The American Lung Association recommends that parents and guardians follow these tips when talking to their children about smoking tobacco, in any form:
- Tell your children honestly and directly that you don’t want them to smoke cigarettes. Give them clear, consistent messages about the risks of smoking.
- Start talking to your kids about smoking when they are young, about 5 or 6 years old, and continue through their high school years. Explain the health dangers of smoking, as well as the unpleasant physical aspects such as bad breath, and discolored teeth and nails.
- Set a good example for your kids by not smoking. Parents who smoke are more likely to have children who smoke.
- If you’re a parent who smokes, the best thing you can do is to quit. Talk to your kids about how difficult it is to quit smoking and how much easier it would have been if you’d never started smoking in the first place. In the meantime, don’t smoke around your children and never let them have any of your cigarettes.
- Establish a smoke-free policy in your home. Don’t allow anyone to smoke indoors.
- Support tobacco-free schools and insist that school health programs include tobacco-use prevention education.
- Find out if your children have any friends that smoke. Talk with your kids about ways to refuse a cigarette.
- If you catch your teen smoking, avoid threats and ultimatums. Ask a few questions and find out why your child is smoking; he or she may want to be accepted by a peer group or want your attention. Talk about what changes can be made in your teen’s life to help him or her stop smoking.
- As you talk to your child about their smoking, point out that he or she is probably already addicted to nicotine. The tobacco industry spends billions of dollars each year to make sure their products are as appealing and as addictive as possible. Ask your child to think about how they’ve been manipulated and used by tobacco companies. This realization makes many teen smokers angry and can help motivate them to quit.
Next Newsletter Topic: Social Emotional Learning
“If Only” Film Screening
Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. @ Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School
Dr. Karen Levine’s Presentation on Anxiety
Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. @ Curtis Middle School in the Library
Strategies for Reducing Academic Stress and Creating Successful Students
Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. @ Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School
Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. @ Memorial Congregational Church
NAMI Basics is a 6 week education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with emotional and behavioral issues. NAMI Basics is taught by understanding teachers who are parents or caregivers of children with similar issues. Taking NAMI Basics will give you the tools you will need to help you make the best decisions possible for the care of your child. You will learn communication tips, how to problem-solve and the skills to help you cope with the emotional impact of caring for your challenging child. You will find out about the IEP process, insurance, benefits, diagnoses and treatment.
The course consists of six classes, each lasting for 2 ½ hours. Classes may be offered weekly for six consecutive weeks, or may be offered twice per week for three weeks to accommodate hectic schedules. All instruction materials are FREE to participants.
Please contact the teacher listed to get details. Preregistration is required since space is limited. If you’re interested in taking a class, and none are available in your area, please contact Director of Family Programs, Ilya Cherkasov at 617-580-8541.
Interested in becoming a NAMI Basics teacher? Please contact Ilya Cherkasov at 617-580-8541.
Schedule of Classes:
William James College INTERFACE Referral Service is a mental health and wellness referral line available to families in the Sudbury and Lincoln Communities as well as Boston families with children in the Sudbury and Lincoln schools. This free and confidential service is available to residents of all ages in member towns.
Callers will be asked to describe their need and provide insurance, appointment time and location preferences. INTERFACE staff will then use their extensive database to find a licensed therapist or provider match with the appropriate specialization. They are able to make referrals in the Sudbury, Lincoln and Boston areas. INTERFACE is available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 888-244-6843 (toll free).
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