LEARN ABOUT THE MANY IMPACTS OF SMOKING

I thought that smoking once in a while was okay... but now my friend Émilie can’t seem to quit and smokes more often than before.

Stella 13 years old, Beloeil

When I first started high school, I felt a lot of pressure to try smoking. The older kids were doing it and I wanted to be like them... but I resisted and I’m really happy about it!

Alexis 15 years old, Alma

HOW TO SAY NO TO CIGARETTES

Without question, expressing yourself isn't always easy—especially when your opinions and preferences differ from those of your peers. Nobody wants to offend others, and nobody likes rejection. The pressure is real!

But there isn't just one way to say no. Here are a few approaches you can try:

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THE POLITE WAY

« No thanks, I don't smoke. » (And remember the facts about tobacco so you don't flinch under pressure.)

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HUMOROUSLY

« Nah, I'd rather drink Saint Bernard slobber! » Your one-liner options are endless…

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INFORMED

« Did you know that by smoking electronic cigarettes, you're six times more likely to start smoking regular cigarettes and get addicted? »

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LIKE A BROKEN RECORD

Just keep repeating « No thanks. » If they keep pushing you, simply walk away.

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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!

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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!

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MAKE UP AN EXCUSE

Just find a way to exit the conversation: « No thanks, Rob's waiting for me. I gotta go. »

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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.

FEELING TRAPPED?

Want to quit smoking? Here are some tips and handy resources:

Ask the school nurse or your family doctor for help.
Avoid situations where you run the risk of being tempted.
Join a smoking cessation program.

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