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
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.