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According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 90% of all smokers begin the habit during their teen years. Are there ways to help your teen ignore the "coolness" of smoking? Is smoking on the rise or is it decreasing, especially now that much of the media has cut down the advertising. Has it helped? Do teens steal to get the money to buy cigarettes or steal the cigarettes themselves? Or do most teens just "bum" a cigarette from friends to continue their habit? How can you encourage your child not to smoke or to quit smoking?
|Sheri Ann Richerson|