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Talking to Your Kids About Cigarette Smoking

Talking to Your Kids About Cigarette Smoking

Children and cigarette smoking are a bad combination. Statistics show that 90% of adult smokers started smoking as children. Each day in the United States, 3,450 kids between 12 and 17 years old smoke their first cigarette, about one-quarter of them will become daily smokers.

Children start smoking for a variety of reasons. Some think it makes them look cool, appear older, fit in with other kids, lose weight, or seem tough. Some do it just to feel independent. Some do it just because they’ve seen it all their life and think it’s normal. Read more