When a Loved One Smokes

My mom is coming for a visit from Nova Scotia, Canada in March. We haven’t seen her in four years. Yikes! We know. Kind of sad. Usually she prefers not to come visit us in the winter because we are NON-smokers and of course there is no smoking in our home so my mom has to smoke outside. Brrrrr…..It’s not going to be the warmest in March here in Chicagoland. Nah-uh. She asked me to tell the children to figure out a way for her to stay warm when she goes outside to smoke. We have yet to come up with anything. :( It’s hard when a loved one smokes and you don’t.

No Smoking

Both my parents smoked all during my grown up years. My mom says she couldn’t tolerate smoking while she was pregnant with me because it made her sick, so even from the womb I didn’t like cigarette smoke! My mom was always more conscientious about rolling down her window etc. than my dad was when they were smoking in the car. She’s still like that today. She doesn’t like the children to stand right next to her when she’s smoking and will tell them to move away so they don’t breathe it in. It’s kind of hard for them to stay away from their grandmother for very long when they only see her every several years – she’s not tech savvy so there’s no skype-ing or Facetime going on around here to stay in touch between visits. That’s something we have to work on.

My mom and dad both tried to quit smoking numerous times when I was a child, even trying hypnosis, but to no avail they couldn’t break the nicotine habit.

When my mom comes in March I am hoping to present her with an electric cigarette in hopes that when she tries it she may feel motivated to try to quit smoking again and just maybe, just maybe, that smokers cough will improve too.

When a loved one smokes and you don’t what do you do?

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  1. I’m so thankful no one in my family smokes any more.

  2. Courtney says:

    I wish my MIL would quit :(

  3. Colleen says:

    My stepfather died due to smoking I”m so glad my mother finally quit.

  4. My husband quit two years ago but is still hooked on the gum O_o

  5. Mellsa says:

    My dad smokes and I hate it.

  6. Sheri says:

    I’m a reformed smoker (11 years!) so I’m not overly sympathetic to their plight. I don’t allow smoking in my home or in front of my children, and I firmly believe that even the smoke left on your clothing and skin is harmful to my kids’ health…so even though I know my MIL smokes, I’ve never actually seen her do it, lol. And we see her a lot!

  7. Stefani says:

    I was so happy with my grandmother quit.

  8. Marcie W. says:

    Pretty much everyone in our immediate family is smoke free, including myself who quit almost two years ago.

  9. Leilani says:

    I’m not a fan of people smoking in my presence, family or not. I particularly get annoyed when family members smoke right in front of me knowing that I’m pregnant. I think that is so rude.

  10. I don’t smoke but i have a family member who does and I DESPISE IT!

  11. I cannot stand when people smoke near me. My dad is a smoker and if even thinks about smoking near my children, he’s in for it.

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