Smoking may seem like a normal thing to do because your friends are doing it, but in reality, most high schoolers don’t smoke. Learn how you can quit smoking and still have a social life.
Having a social life is important to teens. It can also have a big impact on the decisions they make. Do the people you hang out with affect your smoking habits?
Most teens who smoke usually have friends who smoke. If you want to quit and your friends don’t, it could change some of your relationships. Being ready for those changes—some good, some bad—can help you when you stop using tobacco. Smoking doesn’t define you. Your friends enjoy being with you because of who you are, not because you smoke.
Social smoking usually occurs at parties or in social situations. Sometimes alcohol is present in these situations, which can affect your judgment. This can cause you to make unhealthy choices, like smoking. You might think social smoking is common, but that fact is 9 out of 10 high schoolers don’t smoke. Also, most high schoolers say they’d rather date a nonsmoker.