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Strategies to Prevent Falling Into Pressure to Smoke
Why are we discouraged to smoke at an early age?
Now how do we prevent being persuaded into smoking?
Before The Time of Pressure
On your own time, practice refusal skills (by yourself or with others).
You can get together with friends and go over refusal skills.
You can participate at school events that discourage doing drugs.
You can look information on the internet.
You can ask parents, older siblings with good influences, or other positive role models.
During The Time of Pressure
Give an excuse:
"If my parents find out, I'll be grounded for the entire year."
"My parents are calling, something very important just came up. I really need to go."
"No thanks, if coach finds out I'm off the team for the season."
"I had a family member who smoked, but now (he or she) can't smoke. They're dead.'
(Look them in the eye)
"No thanks, I'm good."
"NO, I don't smoke, and I'm not going to start!"
"No, I don't want to risk my life."
Be a Broken Record:
'NO, and that's final!"
"No thanks, I don't want sign a contract that will end my life."
"If my parents caught me doing this, you'd never see me again!"
"I thought you liked your life, why ruin it?"
Politely ask why they smoke:
"Don't you want to live and control your life?"
"Why do you take the risk of smoking?"
"Is smoking really worth your life?"
After The Time of Pressure
Choose friends who share your belief in smoking.
-It's easier to avoid peer pressure (about smoking) when you're around people who can support you.
Avoid situations where tobacco products may be used.
-By staying away from these situations, you reduce the chance of being pressured to use it.
- Merki, Mary Bronson., and Don Merki. Glencoe Health: A Guide to Wellness. New York, NY: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 2001. Print.
- Shrewsbury, Mber:. "Refusal Skills." ~9 Ways to Say “NO” to Drugs~ (n.d.): n. pag. Even At A Young Age You Can Be A Great Example To Other Kids When You Say "NO" To Drugs And Alcohol. Shrewsbury Boro. Web. 20 Mar. 2015.