Peer influence, media, family members and relatives who smoke. These are some of the influences why kids as young as 10 (or maybe even younger) smoke. Kids think it’s cool to smoke that they imitate someone they know or close to them to light cigarettes with xikar lighters. Kids’ exposure to people who smoke increases their chances to initiate smoking. Kids are also influenced by the personalities they see on television. Some commercials or movies have subliminal messages that somehow influence the young audience that it’s okay to smoke since their favorite actors are doing the same. For older kids, parents may not be able to monitor them outside their home. Some kids who don’t know how to handle peer pressure end up smoking cigarettes themselves. How to keep kids from all these influences depends on how things are explained to them. Parents may begin telling their kids how bad smoking is to one’s health as early as possible.