Keeping your children smokefree

The most important things are to protect your children from the effects of second-hand smoke, and to reduce the visibility of smoking to your children.

They copy what they see, because they think it’s normal. If they don’t see it happening, smoking becomes denormalised and children do not think it is a normal part of their lives, so are less likely to take it up themselves later.

As parents, elders or peers:

  • talk about being smokefree
  • make yours a smokefree car and home
  • ask friends, family and whānau to be smokefree role models, and not smoke around the kids
  • hold smokefree community events
  • try to quit smoking yourself, and ask your children to help you


A family at the beach