Call the police, not DOCS, its a $20,000 fine selling or supplying cigarettes to a child under the age of 18
A friend of a friend caught her 14 year old smoking, she said her friends older sister bought them, so the mother called the local police station in front of the child and reported it! ( the police actually said its hard to prosecute unless they have a witness or catch them doing it but definitely can arrest them if they catch them
as it is breaking the law!) it scared her daughter so much she reckons she has not smoked since!
Me personally, I the would not bother having her as a friend , not the kind of person I would want my kids associating with , I don't understand why some parents smoke , smoking with their kids is beyond me, i get that all kids try smoking ( i did but never ended up smoking) but as parents surely we should at least try and stop them? I would either send her a private message saying how I felt about it and if she gets cranky well like I said why bother associating with her?
I definitely think its disgusting but I also remember what I was like as a teen. I started smoking at 14 and my mum didn't know till I was 15 but by then I had moved out so it wasn't up to her to decide what I did. If she had found out when I first started and was under her roof she couldn't have stopped me. I was able to buy smokes myself from a dodgy tobacconist or get older friends too. I would go out in the yard at night to smoke. So unless my mum had locked me in my room and not let me out of the house she couldn't have stopped me. Maybe this mum had tried and just can't get her 13 year old to stop? I don't agree with using them as rewards though. Maybe you could ask her what her reaction was when the 13 year old started smoking? Ask her if she tried to stop and if she wants help getting them to stop?
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