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What can I do at home to help make sure my child doesn't smoke?

Michele Borba
Psychology
Sit down as a family and clearly spell out a “No smoking ban” in your home. Post a sign. Sign a contract. Tell the relatives. Trash the ashtrays. A four-year study of over 3,834 teens and found that a home ban was effective. So don’t allow smoking in your home.

Investigators from the Boston University School of Public Health found that teens who live in homes with clear smoking bans are more likely to develop antismoking attitudes. They are also less likely to become smokers than those teens living in homes which did not ban smoking.

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