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Steps I would take to persuade a friend to quit smoking
 
Smoking is unfortunately a habit that is catching on with the younger generation. In the past, it used to be that stress and undue pressure were the reasons for the young turning to smoking, but today, most teenagers take up smoking because it is a trendy thing to do. Most teen groups who hang around shopping centers doing nothing much usually sport a lighted cigarette between their fingers. Thus, if I have a friend who is a smoker or who is even thinking of picking up the habit, I would do my best to dissuade him.

A good way to start will be to bring to his attention the advertisements that serve to alert smokers of the dangers of smoking. These advertisements, particularly the print ones, usually provide detailed information about the tragic consequences of smoking. Anyone reading them will be appalled enough to want to stop smoking or even refrain from taking the first puff. Motion advertisements on television are also powerful deterrents because of their use of visual effects to show clearly the blackened lungs. The thought of a persistent and terrible cough that comes with smoking long term will certainly make one uneasy. I am sure my friend will be horrified enough to reconsider continuing such a harmful habit.

If my friend is unable to stop smoking even after this, I will resort to showing him medical articles on the undesirable effects of smoking. These are usually more comprehensive than the advertisements mentioned earlier. They give a clear picture of what smoking does to the human body as well as the mind. It will be through this that my friend will get to see both the physical as well as the psychological effects of smoking on him. Hopefully, he will be dissuaded.

Another way of convincing him that smoking is bad will be the use of emotional blackmail. He can be made to see how much he affects those he loves, and how his smoking creates secondhand smoke that can actually cause more harm to his loved ones than him. As he probably loves his family greatly, I am sure it will make him think twice before smoking.

Lastly, I will constantly remind him of the dangers of smoking to reinforce his resolve. After all, smoking is a habit that is probably difficult to kick, but with the constant encouragement of friends and family, I am sure that any smoker will be able to find the strength and will to kick the habit.

     
undue   excessive
     
dissuade   advise against
     
resolve   determination
 
 

 

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