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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.

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Adult written by George R.

Explain to your children that at a young age drugs are not safe or appropriate. But let them know that as an adult, drugs can be fun and safe when used properly and in safe environments. Preach how as a child drugs can cause massive brain issues stemming from lack of proper development, but don't neglect to acknowledge the fact that celebrities using drugs are using them properly and safe. Maybe your child's respect and awe for the celebrity will translate onto drugs?