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Posted 5/4/15
First I love anime shows so I am not trying to be a squeaky wheel. I just wish when shows have a serious older character or parental type they don't need to light a cigarette or have a pipe in their mouth to make a point. Am I over reacting? I have a son who is getting close to age of experimenting with stuff. He watches anime big time and studies show if you never try tobacco in teens you might never smoke. Thoughts?
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Posted 5/5/15
I get what you mean. Seeing a lot of it on the screen may make him interested. I'd just recommend talking with him about it to start with. I did not try smoking as a teenager and my parents were very open about smoking. Even discussing how my Mother used to smoke. My Grandfather also died of lung cancer, so that created an added incentive for me not to smoke.

It might be worth bringing up the conversation when it arises on the screen. Just my 2¢
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Posted 5/5/15
MD's right, use it as a conversation starter. I'd ask question's like "is that dude/chick cool?", "what makes him/her cool?", " would he/she be just as cool if he/she didn't smoke?" and then follow up with "It would sure be a shame if he/she survived the intergalactic mecha war just to die of lung cancer." Sure, your kid will probably roll his eyes if you're that overt, but you'll still have made the point.
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