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Aibu to think that an 11 yo smoking is wrong

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ringodingo Thu 25-Oct-12 16:59:26

This child is 11 years old and has hold of roll up tobacco and smokes them in the street with older sibling. It,s wrong to be doing this at such a young age and where did they get them from. Aibu to be worried about the health aspects for such a young child?

IfNotNowThenWhen Thu 25-Oct-12 17:02:36

No. It is completely right. Don't be such a killjoy.

newmum001 Thu 25-Oct-12 17:03:14

Of course yanbu to be concearned. Is it a child you know and could maybe speak to the parents? If you don't know him the best thing you can do is try to not think about it, it's sad but unfortunately very common.

Fishwife1949 Thu 25-Oct-12 17:04:01

I once saw a documentry were a boy of 8 was smoking up to 20 a day

He mum was like well what can i do very sad really the 11 year old must have a very sad home life

Sparklingbrook Thu 25-Oct-12 17:07:24


TiggyD Thu 25-Oct-12 17:09:03

He must have looked SOOOOoooooo cool!


EdgarAllanPond Thu 25-Oct-12 17:09:30

some of the 11 year olds in the first secondary I went to smoked.

if the didn't, there's no way I'd have won the 1500m on sports day

>chubby little edgar<

EdgarAllanPond Thu 25-Oct-12 17:09:57

yanbu too, but different question: what to do?

newmum001 Thu 25-Oct-12 17:10:38

I don't even think it's a case of having a sad home life. It wasn't so long ago that i was at secondary school (well it is but i remember it well) and most kids had tried smoking by age 11. Not that it's right at all but kids experiment. Hopefully his parents will cotton on and go ape shit like mine did. I have never seen my mum so angry. She phoned the extended family to cause maximum shame and embarrassment. I guess my point is i (and most people i know) tried smoking at a young age and i didn't have a sad home life at all.

shrimponastick Thu 25-Oct-12 17:11:06

So sad.


Do you know the child?

SoleSource Thu 25-Oct-12 17:11:15

If it was my child I would be furious!

Fishwife1949 Thu 25-Oct-12 17:11:32

Dont think there is much you can do the type of people who allow a 11 year old to smoke wont take kindly to advice i dont think

valiumredhead Thu 25-Oct-12 17:11:53

I don't see any kids smoking where I live - one good thing about making them SO expensive! I know 2 people who have been forced to give up as it's just too much money going out every week. Can only be a good thing.

Where is this child getting the money from -his older brother?

puds11 Thu 25-Oct-12 17:13:15

I started smoking when i was 12.

Sparklingbrook Thu 25-Oct-12 17:13:32

I started a thread a while back because there were children in uniform smoking outside DS2's Middle School. Not universal condemnation of it though.

YerMaw1989 Thu 25-Oct-12 18:48:27

I was smoking at 11, but no its not right.

lljkk Thu 25-Oct-12 18:53:26

Last year I told a dad I knew of several people who had seen his 10yo DD smoking. He looked absolutely devastated. sad

socharlotte Thu 25-Oct-12 18:57:28

Whay ahve you posted this.what did you expect people to reply?

freddiefrog Thu 25-Oct-12 19:00:40

I started smoking at around 15 (gave up years ago though)

Id be furious if my 11 year old started smoking

I have a 13 year old foster child. They smoke, I hate it but I can't stop them. I have to give them a set pocket money allowance each week which they spend on fags. I refuse to buy them cigarettes, but they manage to get hold of them. All I can do is ban them from smoking in my house/garden. I tried to encourage them to give up with Stoptober but got my wrists slapped by their social worker.

YerMaw1989 Fri 26-Oct-12 12:37:11

its arguably harder to be a teen now (last 15 years) than it ever has which in my view is why so many smoke as well as rebellion of course (controversial) and is why so many of my day smoked 2000-2006

I also think it links to why so many teen girls smoked then compared to boys as being a teen girl is very hard.

WorraLiberty Fri 26-Oct-12 12:41:45

I have no idea why reading the OP just brought coffee out of my nose blush

Probably because it's a complete no brainer.

Were you expecting anyone to say "YABU, fags are an important part of a child's 5-a-day?"

CogitoErgoSometimes Fri 26-Oct-12 12:42:50

YANBU... he should have filter tips at the very least.... <nods sagely>

ledkr Fri 26-Oct-12 12:47:47

What strange question of course it's not right

Everlong Fri 26-Oct-12 12:50:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Shalloween Fri 26-Oct-12 12:59:08

I postively encourage my 9 year old to up his smokes intake so that I can wean him onto a crack pipe in time for the Christmas party season.

OP YABU to even ask the question.

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