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Helping you talk to kids about smoking

by: NC
(NC)óGot a minute? Before you talk to a child about smoking, learn the facts from The Lung Association's Lungs Are For Life Program.

If one or more parent smokes, how likely is a child to smoke?

A child is twice as likely to smoke.

How likely are children who buy imitation candy cigarettes to eventually smoke real cigarettes?

A child is 4 times more likely to smoke a real cigarette

The average age cigarette smoking begins is:

12.8 years of age

In 2000, what percentage of Canadians aged 15 to 19 smoked?

25 percent

Smoking is Ontario's worst public health hazard. True of false?

True

Custody has been denied to a parent who refused to stop smoking around a child with asthma. True or false? True

What should you avoid when speaking to a child about smoking?

Suggesting that kids who smoke are "bad", implying that smoking is "dumb" and telling children that smoking will kill you.

How many teens who try smoking get hooked?

8 out of 10

How much does the average teenager spends on cigarettes a year?

$1000

For more information, Lungs Are For Life now has an online address! At www.lungsareforlife.ca, kids, teachers and parents can discover all the disgusting facts about smoking and reasons not to smoke.

There is truly something for everyone. Teachers can download the Lungs Are For Life curriculum materials, parents can learn how to speak to their child about smoking and kids can take a totally gross quiz, print out cool downloads and much more, all while learning to identify unsafe substances, resist pressures to use harmful drugs and understand the health risks associated with smoking.

To learn more, visit www.lungsareforlife.ca or call 1-888-566-5864 (LUNG).

- News Canada

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