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Saines habitudes de vie

Reasons for smoking

Smoking is a deliberate choice. Everyone has their own motivations for smoking. Here are some of the main reasons why young people start smoking:

  • To be like their friends, to fit into the group better, or because they’re pressured by other people
  • To look cooler or more mature
  • To rebel against authority by doing the opposite of what people tell them to do
  • To copy the behaviour of the people around them, for example by imitating an older brother or mother
  • To cope with stress or manage strong emotions: smoking can seem like a way of relaxing or unwinding
  • To try to lose weight – but that’s a false belief!