By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media Parenting Editor
E-cigs are becoming really popular with teens
Cigarette marketing has come a long way. Today tobacco products are banned from commercials and smoking is on the decline. But don't be fooled. Tobacco companies still spend almost $10 billion a year on marketing. And most of that goes to programs that make cigarettes cheaper -- meaning more accessible to kids.
Smoking continues to show up in movies and in social media marketing. Plus, new products like e-cigs and flavored cigarettes are gaining popularity with kids. And once they're hooked, they're likely to continue the unhealthy habit into adulthood.
So how can you counter all the messages to light up?
Parent tips for younger kids
· Try to keep your children away from ads and entertainment with smoking. Tell them that smoking makes people really sick - and makes them smell bad!
· Deglamorize cigarette smoking in entertainment. Talk with your kids about smoking scenes. Ask your kids if they realize thatRead More »from Why You Don't Have to Put Up with Cigarette Companies Targeting Your Kids