Take the Pledge to have a smokeless summer!

Know the Facts

Adolescent years are times of important brain development. This development begins in the womb and continues through childhood and to about age 25. Nicotine exposure during adolescence and young adulthood can cause addiction and harm the developing the brain.

Start the Conversation

Find the right moment. A more natural discussion will increase the likelihood that your teen will listen. Rather than saying "we need to talk," ask your teen what he or she thinks about topics...like if you see someone smoking or vaping, or see an advertisement - these are great conversation starters. 

Answer their Questions

Don't just say "because I said so." You need to allow your child to feel comfortable asking you questions about smoking or vaping so you can guide them with the right information. There's many resources online that you can education yourself to be prepared with your child asks questions.

Connect and Encourage

Communicating with your child may be difficult at times, but don't let that discourage you. Continue keeping the lines of communication open and stay positive. Your encouragement goes a long way - even if it doesn't feel like it at first.  

Try to Relate and Be Understanding

It's tough being a youth in today's world. There are more distractions and outside influences on children today than when you were a child. Peer pressure has been around for generations, but the need to be accepted socially is on a different playing field than 20 years ago.

Lead by Example

Set a positive example by being tobacco-free. Your child looks up to you for guidance and direction, so show them how to live a tobacco-free life. If you use tobacco, it's never too late to quit. For free help, visit smokefree.gov or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW 

For more information visit Kaiser Permanente

Sources: surgeongeneral.GOV