Gilbert Lagrue

Your Children Have Quit Smoking Tobacco and Cannabis Publication date : April 3, 2008

Tobacco smoking almost always begins in adolescence, and it serves as the entry point for other drugs. Cannabis is often associated with tobacco, and both tobacco and cannabis smokers incur serious health risks. During the past decade the consumption of cannabis has literally exploded, partly because of its erroneous reputation as the least harmful of drugs.

Based on years of research and on his knowledge and experience of teenagers, Gilbert Lagrue examines the issues and offers some effective advice to help parents.

What can be done to incite young people not to start smoking tobacco or cannabis? How can they be encouraged to quit if they do smoke? How can they be made to understand what is at stake? What arguments will convince them never to start, or to quit?

The author argues here that parents play an essential role in determining whether or not their children will smoke, and he tells them how to go about establishing good communication with their children.

Included here is everything parents should know about the meaning that cannabis and cigarettes hold for their children, and what they should know about recent trends: hookah, bhang, bidis, snus.

Also included are tests to estimate consumption and evaluate dependence; exercises and tips to motivate teenagers and help them to quit; recommendations for those who wish to seek professional help.

Professor Gilbert Lagrue is notably the author of the very successful Arrêter de fumer. For the past 30 years, his work has focused on the study and treatment of health problems arising from tobacco dependence. He founded one of the first French centres for smokers who wish to quit, at the teaching hospital Henri Mondor-Chenevier, in Créteil, near Paris. He is responsible for coordinating preventive initiatives against smoking throughout the secondary-school system of the Val de Marne area.