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How to Talk to Your Kids About Tobacco

By Florida Department of Health, Office of Communications

August 26, 2013

It’s time to trade in leisurely days at the pool or beach for the air-conditioned aisles of your local store to stock up on notebooks, pens, and paper. That’s right—it’s back to school time! While getting ready for a new school year, one thing every parent should add to your to-do list is talking with your kids about the dangers of tobacco use.

Sitting down to have a serious conversation with your kids can cause parents anxiety. But despite what sullen kids might have you believe, studies show that parents can have a significant impact on their kid’s behavior, such as whether or not to use tobacco products.₁ Here are some tips to jump-start the conversation.

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