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Alcohol, Drugs, and Smoking

What should I say to my kids about online videos of famous stars smoking pot?

Even if your kids don't particularly like Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, or Rihanna (to name a few pro-pot celebs), videos of them getting high contribute to a growing acceptance of weed. Ask your kids who they believe more: people who entertain for a living, or doctors, scientists, and childhood-development experts who study -- and warn against – the drug's ill effects.

Research has come a long way since the days of the fried egg symbolizing "your brain on drugs." Not only is pot stronger than in those days, its impact also is better understood. Shift the conversation away from "if celebrities do it, it must be OK" to the real facts about what marijuana (and alcohol, while you're at it) does to growing brains and bodies.