Our expert says:
it is fairly typical for teens of your son's age to experiment with smoking, but the health risks are known to us all. Preaching health usually doesnt work, but you can encourage him to at least think about them.
However, given what you describe the smoking may be part of a sign of your son struggling emotionally. He may well be feeling quite traumatised by what he witnessed between you and his father, and also the abuse towards himself. It is often that trauma symptoms show themselves only when a trauma has stopped - particularly with prolonged trauma such as abuse over a number of years.
For these reasons I would suggest that your son be assessed by a psychologist if he is willing, as he would probably benefit from some therapy. Someone who specialises in adolescents and the effects of divorce on the family would be best.
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