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.