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Talk to Your Kids about Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs 


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Start to talk with your child about tobacco, alcohol, and drugs today.

Talk with your child early and often.
Start having conversations about your values and expectations while your child is young. Your child will get used to sharing information and opinions with you. This will make it easier for you to continue talking as your child gets older.

Here are some tips:

  • Use everyday events to start a conversation. For example, if you see a group of kids smoking, talk about how tobacco hurts the body.
  • Give your child your full attention. Turn off the TV, radio, cell phone, and computer, and really listen.
  • Try not to “talk at” your child. Encourage your child to ask questions. If you don’t know the answer to a question, look it up together.

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