Ask your kids what their friends and classmates think about smoking. If your kids' peers smoke, it's likely they will be offered a cigarette at some time. Get them prepared to counter peer pressure before it happens.
Have a discussion with your kids about how they can say "no" if offered a cigarette. Depending on the situation, they can simply refuse, change the subject, leave the situation or voice their opposition to smoking. Role-playing with your kids will help them feel more comfortable with their response.
Building their self-confidence is another good way to protect them against peer pressure. Kids are more likely to experiment with tobacco if their self-esteem is low or if they're starved for affection [source: VanClay]. Remember to congratulate them on their accomplishments, give them encouragement when they need it and reassure them that you love them just the way they are.