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Talking to Your Kids About Tobacco

Teens who learn anti-drug messages at home are 42 percent less likely to use drugs.

Parents are the first line of defense when it comes to tobacco prevention. Tobacco Free Lancaster County encourages parents to discuss the dangers of smoking or spit tobacco use with their children. The internet offers a variety of resources that provide information, conversation-starters, role plays, and a variety of other tools to help parents talk with their kids about tobacco use. You may call the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department Tobacco Prevention Program, 402-441-6225, to speak with someone about tobacco prevention and intervention.

To access online resources about parents and tobacco use, visit the sites below:

Above the Influence: Helping teens become aware of the influences around them

The Cool Spot: The young teen’s place for resisting peer pressure

Drug Free.org: Tobacco

Drug Free.org: Parents and Caregivers

Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration

Department of Health and Human Services: National Clearinghouse for Drug and Alcohol Information

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): For teens, parents, and teachers

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