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Date:7/20/2009

dictor of whether or not kids will smoke is whether their parents smoke," she said. She also recommended letting them know about your struggles with your tobacco addiction. Let them know the downside of smoking, she suggested.

If you don't smoke, Moss said you still need to talk with your kids, and it's important to let them know that you don't want them to smoke. "Kids of parents who openly express disapproval and have rules against smoking are less likely to smoke," she said.

Moss also advised parents to keep computers in public places, and to let your teens know that you might periodically review the pages they've visited.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has information for teens on why they shouldn't smoke.



SOURCES: Deborah Moss, M.D., pediatrician, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh; Erika Sward, director, national advocacy, American Lung Association; July 20, 2009, Pediatrics, online


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