Tools for Parents

Talking to your children about tobacco can generate a lot of confusing emotions. You want to keep your kids safe and healthy, but you don’t want to push too hard. The following resources can help you navigate this potentially difficult conversation. With talking points, facts, refusal tips, and more, these websites provide a lot of important information.

Parent Conversation Card (.pdf)
This useful parent conversation card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contains talking points and links to other resources.
Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults (.pdf)
There's a note from the U.S. surgeon general in this informative booklet titled, "Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults." Learn everything you need to know about tobacco and your teens.
Tips for Parents (American Lung Association)
The American Lung Association put together this "Tips for Parents" page on its website. These suggestions can guide parents who are concerned about teens and tobacco use.
Tips for Parents (
This "Tips for Parents" site was produced by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health. In addition to tobacco information, you can find out how to talk to your teens about many sensitive or difficult topics.

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