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  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?