Say no to smoking isn’t so hard when you understand how gross it really is! Arming yourself with facts and effective rebuttals makes it easier to turn down a cigarette. It also encourages your friends to follow your lead. Check out our many strategies for saying no to tobacco products.
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« No thanks, I don't smoke. » (And remember the facts about tobacco so you don't flinch under pressure.)
« Nah, I'd rather drink Saint Bernard slobber! » Your one-liner options are endless…
« Did you know that by smoking electronic cigarettes, you're six times more likely to start smoking regular cigarettes and get addicted? »
Just keep repeating « No thanks. » If they keep pushing you, simply walk away.
When someone offers you a cigarette, ask them why they smoke (non-judgmentally, of course). This simple question often prompts the smoker to think about why they're risking their health in the first place!
In a group, having more than one non-smoker makes it easier to resist pressure. Keep your non-smoking friends close!
Just find a way to exit the conversation: « No thanks, Rob's waiting for me. I gotta go. »
If your friends don't respect your opinions and preferences, it may be time to rethink if they’re really your friends.
Want to quit smoking? Here are some tips and handy resources:
To find the nearest smoking cessation centre, click [here] or call 1 866 527-7383. Getting involved in a smoking cessation program or contest may be the smartest decision you ever make—simply text, call, chat online, or show up in person!