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THE PROBLEM

I have friends who always want to smoek before and after school. I'm the only one who doesn't want to smoke. I still want to be friend with them.
—SMOKE FREE

DEAR SMOKE FREE,

Tell them you don’t like smoking. You could say, “I like you as a friend, but I don’t like smoke. If you’re a true friend, you will respect my wishes and stop smoking around me." If they don’t stop smoking around you, they’re not good friends.
—Jacob Y.
Parshall, N.D.


Don’t give in to peer pressure. You don’t have to smoke just to stay friends. If they are your true friends, they won’t care if you smoke or not. They should accept you for who you are.
—Brittany H.
Holt, Mich.


If you don’t want to smoke, you shouldn’t. Tell your friends you don’t want to smoke. If your friends pressure you to smoke, they are not really your friends.
—Audrey S.
Broadalbin, NY


Everyone encounters smoking in his or her life. You should be proud to say no to smoking and, better yet, never start smoking. Don’t let their bad decisions affect a friendship, though. Be a friend and help them stop the habit.
—David B.
Imperial, Mo.


Hang out with a different group of kids. Join after-school clubs to find people who share the same smoke-free interests as you. Then you can have better friends who won’t expose you to second-hand smoke.
—Ashley J.
Green Bay, Wis.


Tell your friends about the risks of smoking. People can die from smoking. That might make them think twice about lighting up. If that doesn’t work, talk to an adult you trust about how to help your friends. Friends help each other.
—Samantha K.
Hilbert, Wis.

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I have friends who always want to smoke before and after school. I'm the only one who doesn't want to smoke. I still want to be friend with them.

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