I have had an 11-year old child in my care over the past few days and he occasionally smokes tobacco and marijuana with his friends. Tobacco-smoking is a habit that I have not managed to break. He found a pipe recently and we had a few pipes of tobacco last night.
It is bad karma to permit a child to do this, is it not? I recognise that I need to give up the habit of smoking and he has in fact been charging me $5 for each cigarette that I smoke, which makes it a rather expensive habit! He has wanted me to give up and I felt that I'd had my last cigarette just yesterday (when the pouch of tobacco ran out) but after he found the pipe he wanted to use it for a bit, so we went out and bought another pouch.
I would like to set the best possible example for the young fellow. Any ideas on what I should do? How to discourage him from following my very poor example of tobacco-smoking? Or at least get it into his head that he should be 18 or over before he does this himself?