10 Ways to Talk to Your Kids About Smoking

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Someone hasn't learned to say "no."
Someone hasn't learned to say "no."

In your fight against smoking, it's good to know there are others on your side. Many schools have antismoking campaigns or clubs your kids can join to discourage students from smoking. If your kids' school doesn't have a program, you might want to help your school administrators start one.

Although you can deliver the same message as your doctor, reinforcement from an expert can be helpful [source: Schwebel]. Ask your doctor to talk to your kids about the health ramifications of smoking during their annual appointment.

You'll find plenty of free literature on smoking from the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and American Heart Association. Request brochures from the organizations or download it from their Web sites. Read the information together with your kids, discuss the important details and answer any questions they might have.

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