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Common Signs

Teenagers who smoke often "hang out" with other kids who smoke. They may hide matches, lighters or ashtrays with their personal belongings, use breath mints, room deodorizers and leave the windows open, even in inclement weather to air out their rooms. Their breath and clothes may be stale smelling.

How To Avoid Problems

Educate your child about the health, economic and social risks of smoking. Set a good example. If you or your spouse smoke...stop. Children learn by example and today's teenagers won't buy the "Do as I say, not as I do" approach.

What To Do If You Have Problems

Forbidding your child to smoke rarely works. Instead, let your child know that you are concerned about his/her health and well being. Let your child know that you will do anything possible to help him/her stop.