Saying no to smoking is not that difficult when you understand its consequences!Arming
yourself with facts and effective rebuttals makes it easier to turn down a cigarette. It also encourages your friends to follow your lead. Check out our many strategies for saying no to tobacco products.
« No thanks, I don't smoke. » (And remember the facts about tobacco so you don't flinch under pressure.)
« Nah, I'd rather drink Saint Bernard slobber! » Your one-liner options are endless…
« Did you know that by smoking electronic cigarettes, you're six times more likely to start smoking regular cigarettes and get addicted? »
LIKE A BROKEN RECORD
Just keep repeating « No thanks. » If they keep pushing you, simply walk away.
LIKE A PSYCHOLOGIST
When someone offers you a cigarette, ask them why they smoke (non-judgmentally, of course). This simple question often prompts the smoker to think about why they're risking their health in the first place!
THE 3 MUSKETEERS APPROACH
In a group, having more than one non-smoker makes it easier to resist pressure. Keep your non-smoking friends close!
MAKE UP AN EXCUSE
Just find a way to exit the conversation: « No thanks, Rob's waiting for me. I gotta go. »
THE RADICAL APPROACH
If your friends don't respect your opinions and preferences, it may be time to rethink if they’re really your friends.
Want to quit smoking? Here are some tips and handy resources:
Ask a friend to quit smoking with you.
Make a list of the reasons why you want to quit.
Ask the school nurse or your family doctor for help.
Avoid situations where you run the risk of being tempted.
To find the nearest smoking cessation centre, click [here] or call 1 866 527-7383. Getting involved in a smoking cessation program or contest may be the smartest decision you ever make—simply text, call, chat online, or show up in person!