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Why people smoke
Peer pressure persuades many young people between the ages of 10 and 18 to experiment with smoking. The most common reasons are:
- to be the same as others in the peer group
- to appear cool and grown up
- to rebel against authority
- to relax in awkward social settings
This is why we work so hard to keep cigarette prices high and to ban advertising to teens – if we can reduce the experimenting, we can reduce the number of smokers.
Help for smokers trying to quit
It’s okay to need help to quit smoking. The Canadian Cancer Society is here to support people who are ready to quit and even those people who aren’t ready.