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How can I tell my parents that I smoke cigarettes and how do I bring myself to smoke in front of them?
As you are probably aware, cigarettes contain tobacco, which is a drug containing addictive chemicals. It's difficult for parents to see their child smoking as they often know all about the health risks. They will probably be very concerned about the effects smoking has on your health and are unlikely to encourage you to smoke.
Cigarettes contain the drug nicotine, which is a stimulant. Stimulants do what it sounds like they do; they stimulate the way your body works. They speed up your heart rate and blood pressure. It's interesting that people say that smoking relaxes them when really it is doing the opposite by speeding their bodies up.
You might also think that you can smoke now and then and not get addicted, but that isn't often true. You might find that you grow to depend on them both psychologically and physically. Cigarettes are also dangerous because they contain a mix of chemicals that are bad for your health.
You may already know that smoking is bad for you, but give a lot of thought to whether or not you want to get hooked on something that is expensive and could lead to wrinkles, chest problems, cancer and lots of other nasty stuff. If you're concerned about these effects on your health you might find it useful to find out more about what's involved with trying to stop smoking.
If you still feel that you need to smoke in front of your parents then you do need to speak to them. Think carefully about what you want to say, how you are going to say it and when you are going to say it. A good idea may be to write down a few notes. Be prepared for them to be a bit disappointed about your decision to smoke - they may even challenge your request to smoke in front of them.
If you would like further support and information about smoking contact the Frank helpline on 0800 776600 for free and confidential advice and information. You will also be able to get information about local drug and alcohol support services where you can get further advice and information about staying safe.
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