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  As parents, we need to constantly stay alert for early signs of trouble when it comes to keeping our kids from risk. Some of the important warning signs you can watch for include:
  • You and your child are having trouble communicating
  • You discover that your child’s friends have tried smoking
  • Your child’s grades begin to suffer or your child doesn’t seem to be taking pride in his or her work.
  • You notice a lack of interest in school and community activities
  • Your child demonstrates a low self-esteem. These behaviors may include a failure to take responsibility for actions, lack of confidence, and the inability to recognize love and support from family members and close friends.

Q: What warning signs can parents look out for that might suggest their child is considering experimenting with smoking?