Does anyone else do this? cigarrettes-money

Gena - posted on 02/05/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I know alot of parents who put money aside for their children. If they dont smoke till they are 20 they get the money. My sisters boyfriend got 2 thousand for not smoking..he is 25 now and non smoker. Does anybody else do this? How do you find the deal?

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Jodi - posted on 02/06/2015

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Smoking is very much on the decline in Australia. I also started smoking as a teen, but I gave up about 5 years ago and haven't looked back. I know how hard it is. I now talk to my kids about that journey I took to try and give up and how difficult it was. None of ours have taken it up or even have any inclination to do so.

I think the fact that it is more difficult to BE a smoker is having a positive impact. You can't smoke indoors anywhere here (except your own home, unless you live in an apartment block that has banned it, etc). Hotel rooms are no smoking. Restaurants are no smoking, even in the outdoor areas here. Many public areas are no smoking, or have designated smoking areas only.

Under 18s cannot purchase cigarettes and it is an offence to sell them cigarettes (although the loophole there is that parents can still legally purchase cigarettes and GIVE them to the children as long as no money is exchanged - those little words in legislation that make it legal, and believe me, there ARE parents who buy cigarettes for their kids).

Cigarette taxes are huge here. It's really expensive to smoke. We also have plain package cigarettes (no branding allowed) and when they are for sale they are not allowed to be on view - they are all behind closed cabinet doors. No advertising, none at all.

The uptake of smoking by teens here is only around 13% now, which is far better (more than half) what it was 30 years ago. The overall smoking rate is about 17%. Yes, still too high, but getting better. Many of these measures have only been implemented in the last decade, so I expect we will see improvement in smoking rates in the coming decade or two.

Gena - posted on 02/06/2015

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I agree with you that its like paying them to make a good choice. I honostly dont see the point of putting money aside for that reason. But alot of people i know do it. I mean who knows maybe they choose to start smoking after they get the money. Alot of young people smoke here in Switzerland. The teens think its "cool". I was stupid and started smoking at a young age. My parents were upset..cant blame them.

Jodi - posted on 02/05/2015

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I know lots of people who don't smoke and never got paid not to. In fact a majority of the populations don't smoke these days. I don't see the need to do something like this. It's like you can't trust your kids to JUST make good choices because they are good choices. So far, so good - all my kids have made good choices. I didn't have to pay them. I educated them.

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