Our expert says:
This really depends on how as parents you view this situation. If it is the case that you are totally determined that he does not smoke then youwill need to approach this knowing that he may continue to smoke behind your back. Of course smoking is both illegal at 13 and also health-wise we know without doubt the dangers to a persons health. If you feel that you want to take this on and he does not seem to be responding to discussions and requests to not smoke, you then have to consider what you are prepared to do in order to discourage him. This may be removal of pocket money, privileges or outings until you are satisfied he is no longer smoking. This may be a difficult battle, but if you are clear about not wanting this you will have to act in a very determined and steadfast way.
Ultimately, of course the best way forward would be to find ways to talk it through, and for your son to have some thinking time about the implications of starting smoking.
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