I'm a parent of a 12-year-old and I'm concerned about the alarming rise of smoking and vaping among teenagers. I want to talk to my child about the dangers of smoking and vaping and how it can harm their health. I know that communicating with kids can be difficult, so I'm seeking advice on how to approach this topic effectively.
I want my child to be aware of the harmful effects of smoking and vaping, and understand that it can cause several health issues, such as lung cancer, respiratory problems, heart disease, and many more. I also want to educate them on how addictive nicotine is and how it can be hard to quit once they start using tobacco products.
I don't want to sound preachy or judgemental, so any tips or suggestions on how to start this conversation in a non-threatening way would be highly appreciated.
Thanks in advance for your help!