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How should I talk to my teenager who has started smoking?

Armin Brott
Pediatrics
The way you handle this issue (smoking) with your child is as important as doing it. Be very careful not to come in with guns blazing and accusations flying. That’s a sure fire way to shut down communication, which will make it less likely that you’ll be able to see her through this important decision. Speak calmly. Make it clear that you love and respect her, that you trust her ability to do the right thing for her health and well-being, and that you will support her every step of the way.

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