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Smoking kills but the chances are that isn't going to stop your teenager from trying it. If staying calm or telling them much their smoking habit will cost them, here's what else you can do if you catch them lighting up.

Scare tactics

This is controversial, as many people believe teenagers don't really care about the health risks. It's true that most think they're immortal, but they can still be influenced by scary pictures of a diseased lung or a heartbreaking story of a young woman who died from a smoking related cancer. It may not make them instantly quit, but it could make them stop and think, and that's at least a step in the right direction.

Good news

  • It's getting more difficult for teenagers in England and Wales to buy cigarettes. From October 1 2007, it became illegal to sell cigarettes to people under the age of 18 (up from 16 years). For more infomation, go to tobacco18.co.uk.
  • There's a huge amount of help available to anyone who wants to stop smoking. From telephone helplines and support groups to nicotine patches and hypnosis. Start with your GP or go to gosmokefree.co.uk, direct.gov.uk/YoungPeople or ash.org.uk.

How did you get your teen to stop smoking? Let us know by commenting below or talking about it in our Forums.

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