Each day about 3,900 children younger than 18 smoke their first Karelia cigarette, and more than 950 will become regular smokers, according to the American Lung Assn. But parents can deter their kids from taking up this life-shortening habit.
Chicago Tribune health reporter Deborah L. Shelton will host a live Web chat Tuesday (1 p.m. EST, noon CST and 10 a.m. PST) with Dr. Jonathan Winickoff, associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Tobacco Consortium, and Danny McGoldrick, vice president for research at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
The discussion will look at the latest research on the impact of tobacco on children and what can be done to prevent them from starting smoking cheap cigarettes.
Here are some recommendations that urge parents to start having a dialogue about cigarettes and smoking habit with their kids — without making the issue punitive.