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Fags = cool? Er, hello! No actually. Of every 1000 people in your school,
  • 1 will be murdered ...
  • 6 will be killed on the roads ...
  • ...and 250 will die from smoking.
Those 250 will, on average, have paid about £40,000 for the privilege of dying early. And they may not even have been enjoying themselves that much beforehand. New research shows that men who smoke have more problems getting it up than men who don't. Death and bad sex: so why do people smoke?

Tips for Quitting Smoking

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  • You have to want to.
  • Pick a day and quit then. Then keep quitting the next day. Then the next. One day at a time.
  • Realise that you’ll feel pissed off, trembly and anxious for a while. That’s the nicotine, pestering you like your annoying kid sister. Ignore it. Like your kid sister, it’ll go away after a while.
  • Think of times where you normally smoke – parties, just before bed, with your friends. Work out how to get through them without smoking. Chew some gum, play with a gameboy, learn to play the harmonica – anything which keeps your hands busy and your mind awake. Nicotine patches, gum and stuff all help and cost less than the fags.
  • Find a friend who also wants to give up, and quit together.
  • Avoid friends who push cigarettes on you. Usually they want you to keep smoking so they don’t feel so bad about smoking themselves
  • Don’t worry about gaining weight – if you do you’ll lose it again as you get fitter.
  • Feel proud that you’re not paying money to big companies which grow their tobacco by cutting down forests, creating deserts etc.
  • If you fail, don’t worry. Think why you failed. Work out how you can win next time. Then quit again.
  • Treat yourself to something really expensive present/meal/whatever takes you fancy with all the money you’ve saved – you deserve it!