This isn't always easy, especially if everyone around you is smoking and offering you cigarettes.
It may help to have your reasons for not smoking ready for times you may feel the pressure, such as "I just don't like it" or "I want to stay in shape for soccer" (or football, basketball, or other sport).
When your parents were young, people could buy cigarettes and smoke pretty much anywhere — even in hospitals! Today we're more aware about how bad smoking is for our health.
Smoking is restricted or banned in almost all public places and cigarette companies are no longer allowed to advertise on TV, radio, and in many magazines. Smoking is a hard habit to break because tobacco contains nicotine, which is highly addictive.
It doesn't help to substitute products that seem like they're better for you than regular cigarettes, such as e-cigarettes or filtered or low-tar cigarettes.
The only thing that really helps a person avoid the problems associated with smoking is staying smoke-free.Many of these diseases limit a person's ability to be normally active, and they can be fatal.In the United States, smoking is responsible for about 1 out of 5 deaths.But take a look at the black, resinous gunk that builds up in a hookah hose. Indeed, experts say hookahs are no safer than cigarettes — and since they don't have filters and people often use them for long periods, the health risks might be even greater.Hookahs are usually shared, so there's the additional risk from germs being passed around along with the pipe.That's why people say it's just so much easier to not start smoking at all.It's not only cigarettes that get people dependent on tobacco.Smoking can also cause fertility problems and can impact sexual health in both men and women.Girls who are on the Pill or other hormone-based methods of birth control (like the patch or the ring) increase their risk of serious health problems, such as heart attacks, if they smoke.People who smoke can develop skin problems like psoriasis (a type of rash), and are more likely to get wrinkles.Also, they have an increased risk of infections like bronchitis and pneumonia.