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So­cial smok­ing doesn’t work

Smok­ing is of­ten de­picted in pop cul­ture as some­thing that is quintessen­tially cool. Movies por­tray men who smoke as ar­che­typ­i­cal “bad boys” who live dan­ger­ous, ex­cit­ing lives and can win any woman over. Like­wise, women who smoke are de­picted as beau­ti­ful, strong and in­de­pen­dent. De­spite health warn­ings, the temp­ta­tion to smoke is strong, es­pe­cially among teens, who even­tu­ally end up be­ing so­cial (ca­sual) smok­ers due to peer pres­sure.

Many teens start smok­ing to t in. Ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Lung As­so­ci­a­tion, peer pres­sure is the se­cond big­gest cause of smok­ing among teens, be­hind hav­ing par­ents who smoke. As psy­chol­o­gist Baby Jim Aditya says, nico­tine is a highly preva­lent drug that is so­cially ac­cept­able. “Teenagers have an in­nate need to ap­pear cool in front of their peers.

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