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Creating Tobacco-Free Families

You are a great influence in your child's life and can play a big role in encouraging your child not to smoke - even your teenager. Here are a few tips to help jumpstart the conversation with your child on staying tobacco-free.

  • Tell your children honestly and directly that you don't want them to smoke cigarettes or e-cigarettes. Give them clear, consistent messages about the risks of smoking, including the fact that nicotine is addictive.
  • Start talking to your kids about smoking when they are 5 or 6 years old and continue through their high school years. Many kids start smoking at age 11 and some are addicted by age 14 – so the earlier you start talking, the better.
  • Explain the health dangers of smoking, as well as the unpleasant physical aspects (such as bad breath, discolored teeth and nails).

Check out our full guide on talking to your teens about smoking – including e-cigarettes.

Do you or members of your family smoke?

Children with parents that smoke are twice as likely to also start smoking, and at a younger age. This trend also exists for older siblings and close family members. The best thing you can do for your family, is to create a smokfree home.

The best combination to stop smoking includes a quit smoking plan and medication. Through a partnership with the American Lung Association and CVS Health, you can now access:

Questions about how to quit smoking or need additional support, call our free Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA and talk to a certified tobacco cessation counselor today.

*This discount applies to individual memberships and cannot be combined with a quantity discount at FreedomFromSmoking.org.


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