If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times: Social smoking is a slippery slope. Studies show that social smokers are more likely to be addicted by age 30 if they smoke socially in their teens and twenties. And once you’re hooked, it can feel impossible to stop.
See how easy it is to go from cool, fun social smoker to addicted, forever smelly, hacking-up-a-lung chain smoker:
When someone first offers you a cigarette, you’re like:
You remember health class. Bye, Felicia.
But the peer pressure can seem like a lot.
Oh no, does everyone think I’m #lame?
So one day you give in.
ALRIGHT I’LL DO IT ALREADY.
Even though you look like this:
That was disgusting. How do people do this anyway?
When you remember the next day you feel terrible.
But after trying it a few more times, you don’t feel so bad anymore.
In fact, you feel pretty cool.
Get in line, boys.
And before you know it, this is you every time you go out.
“OMG last night was INSANE”
But when someone asks you if you’re a smoker:
I mean, it’s just *social* smoking. You don’t even buy your own pack.
Until one day, you decide to stop bumming cigs and just buy your first pack.
Besides, people probably get annoyed that you’re always bumming, right?
Then you find yourself smoking even when you’re alone.
And soon, you’re smoking all the time.
Hey, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere.
You keep hearing your mom’s voice in your head…
Ugh. Thanks, Mom.
But you can’t stop. You’re addicted.
Can’t stop, won’t stop.
Cigarettes are bae.
Cigarettes just *get* me, okay?
And this is you. Forever.
At least bury me with a pack of Marlboro Lights. We’re going down together.