Take Action – Parents
You can help make Missouri a healthier place for kids
Kids pay more attention to what you say and do than you might think. Research shows that parents, and caring adults, can have a powerful impact on young people’s choices, so talk with the kids in your life about the dangers of tobacco use. Listen to what they have to say. Be a good role model. Then share what you’ve learned with your entire community. Parents like you can make a real difference.
What you can do
Everywhere you look, Missouri’s youth are surrounded by kid-tempting nicotine products and marketing tactics. In all its forms, nicotine can addict young people and keep them hooked for life. It can damage their growing brains, leading to memory and attention problems. It can also cause serious illnesses like cancer or heart disease, and amplify stress, anxiety and depression.
That’s why it’s important to take actions that help protect teens’ physical and mental health—in all the spaces you and the kids in your life live, work, and play. Share what you know about the dangers of nicotine, and help young people connect with resources that offer information and support. It can make all the difference.
In your community
Help your child quit
Nicotine is powerfully addictive in any form. Help your child find the resources and support they need to quit tobacco products for good.
Get them help
Tap into a network of free and affordable support resources, including: quitting coaches, peer support, and helplines that offer help by phone call, live chat, or texting.
Other ways to offer your support
Your support could make all the difference to a young person who is trying to quit. There are a lot of little things you can do to help:
Talk, then take action
Helping to prevent youth tobacco use may seem like an overwhelming challenge, but there are plenty of small things you can do that may make a big difference, like talking to your kids about tobacco.
Download the Talk & Take Action fact sheet for helpful advice, including:
Know the policies
Across Missouri, local coalitions work from the grassroots up to help enact policies that protect communities from tobacco’s dangerous effects. Local efforts are important and build momentum for statewide change, but without comprehensive statewide policies, too many of our neighbors get left out. That’s why it is important to develop comprehensive statewide tobacco policies that help every Missouri youth live a healthy, tobacco-free life.