Children often believe they
are invincible, and therefore are not always moved simply
by talking about the health risks involved with smoking.
This fact makes it very challenging when you’re
talking to kids who are particularly gifted at denying
that anything bad might ever happen to them. How do we,
then, approach this “invincible” audience?
The challenge is to make the risks of smoking more real
and immediate. The solution is to talk early and often.
Let them know how you feel and find out how they feel
about the topic. Nearly 90 percent of smokers begin before
the age of 18. The time you spend and the words you share
can make a dramatic difference in their lives.
Q: At what
age should parents start to talk with
their kids about smoking?