When - When do you talk to your teen about smoking? I suggest that you talk to your child as early as possible. If you can help it, try to talk about not taking up smoking before they are teens. Start as early as possible. In this day and age they already know about smoking but may or may not have ‘tried’ it. By the time they are a teen they may have already smoked with a friend. Addiction can start with one cigarette. Scary news, right? Now you know you should that you need to talk to them as soon as possible.
Why - Why do you want to talk to them about not taking up smoking? Do a little research so you have all the facts regarding smoking effects and consequences to their health. Try not to be too technical. Your teen has access to the internet and can also look up the information. Point out that their health and life would be at risk if they started smoking and that you love him or her. They need to hear it. Say you will always be there for them.