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Parenting, Children and Teens - Spotlighting Teen Issues for Parents

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Every day in the United States, approximately 4,000 youths aged 12 – 17 try their first cigarette. Will your child be next?

Smoking and tobacco use among young people is a serious issue that can affect their health and life expectancy. Among high school students, 22 percent report current cigarette use while 10 percent of high school males use smokeless tobacco. Talking to your children about tobacco use and being involved in their lives will help you prevent them from becoming smokers or smokeless tobacco users. Here are some tips to help you.

Publication Number

SP681-M 7/06 07-0007

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