Maybe you think that if you start smoking you can quit anytime. Wrong. Nicotine in tobacco is addictive, and it keeps people smoking long after they want to stop.
More than half of all high school seniors who smoke are unable to quit, and more than 70% still smoke eight years later.
Only one in ten smokers is able to quit the first time he or she tries. Most have to quit again and again before they can stop for good.
Helpful Hints to Stay Clear of Smoking
The best way to not smoke is to never start. Learn how to stay away from tobacco and stay cool. Here are some ideas to help you stand up to smoking.
1. Say No to Pressure
If your friends or kids in your neighborhood want you to smoke with them, learn to say “No.” You can be direct: “No I don’t want to”; change the subject: “Let’s play basketball”; or try a comeback line, such as: “I like my lungs.” Avoid situations where you know they will want to smoke.
2. Pick Up Something Else
There are so many things to do besides smoking. Try playing a sport. Pick up a good magazine. Listen to some music and dance. Go for a walk. They’re all cooler and healthier than smoking!
3. Talk to Someone You Trust
If you’re not sure about smoking, talk to someone you trust – your mom, dad, brother, your best friend or a favorite teacher. Tell them what’s up. Talk to them about how you’re feeling and ask for their help!
4. Take Action
During TFK Week you can learn how to tell people about the dangers of smoking. Create posters, organize a No Smoking Day at your school, whatever you want. It can be big or small, serious or crazy! But whatever you do, let people know that tobacco is bad and nobody should use it.
See what other cool kids are doing to tell their friends in the Showcase.
5. Help Others Quit
Spread the word and help a friend. If you know people who smoke, send them to the interactive online quit program, iQuitKit.org. iQuit includes reasons to quit, how to approach quitting, what to expect and ways to stick with the program.