Parental guidance: Preventing teen smoking
Q. How can a parent persuade a teenager not to smoke cigarettes?
A. Dr. Moshe Ephrat, president of the Long Island Ear, Nose and Throat Society, addresses this question with teens every year when he visits high schools to talk about November's Great American Smokeout.
Here is his advice:
--Let teens know they are disappointing you if they smoke. "Be very aggressive in saying no."