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What parents need to know — and do — about e-cigarettes

September 26, 2019

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Claire McCarthy, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Claire McCarthy, MD, is a primary care pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. In addition to being a senior faculty editor for Harvard Health Publishing, Dr. McCarthy … See Full Bio
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November 1, 2018

As an adult who spent 10+ years smoking cigarettes, I must say that I am very glad I made the switch to e-cigs. I am concerned about the youth, but for me, a former smoker, it has made a world of difference.

October 31, 2018

Actually talking to kids really does not get kids to not use tobacco products, the tobacco companies have tons of data on this phenomenon. Talking to kids makes rebellious kids want to use tobacco products more. What parents and older siblings can do is model good behavior by not using tobacco products. Kids want to be just like the older adults around them. So if there strong anti-tobacco policy in the home, it will stick. Train up your child in the way that they should go.

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