Children want parents to quit smoking

Nine out of 10 children want their parents to give up smoking – and never want to try a cigarette themselves, according to government research.

The poll questioned 1,000 children aged between eight and 13. Of those with a parent who smokes, 96 per cent wanted them to quit, and two thirds would give up extra pocket money if they would. Changing attitudes mean that many children now regard smoking as uncool, leading them to put pressure on their parents to stop.

There are a number of products that can help to tackle nicotine addiction, including chewing gum, patches and inhalers. But there are alternative methods which, combined with willpower and motivation, are believed to help kick the habit. One such treatment is acupuncture, which can help to tackle addiction. Practised in China for 3,000 to 4,000 years, acupuncture involves placing needles on the skin to stimulate nerves and muscles, targeting pain and problems in the body and brain.

Many of Westfield’s health cash plans cover the cost of acupuncture, up to set limits, when a GP or consultant recommends treatment.


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