Drugs and Smoking

When you’re a teenager, it can be very tempting to try drugs or start smoking.

Perhaps all or your friends are doing it, and you don’t want to feel left out. Maybe you’re unhappy, and think that smoking or taking drugs will make you feel better. Perhaps you are being pressured into it, or just think that it would be a good way to wind down.
Not all drugs are illegal. Aerosols, caffeine and glue are all examples of drugs that you can buy without breaking the law. But just because they’re legal doesn’t mean they’re safe.

If you are thinking of smoking or taking drugs, or you are doing this already, it’s important that you understand the risks.


Risks

  • Smoking and taking drugs can both seriously affect your health. They are known to cause diseases such as cancer and heart disease, which can be fatal
  • If you smoke when you’re young, you are more likely to get a cough or have trouble breathing properly. You’re also likely to continue smoking when you’re older
  • Once you start smoking or taking drugs, it can be very difficult to give up
  • Smoking and drugs are expensive habits. Just think what else you could be spending the money on
  • Drugs can affect your mind – both now, and later in life
  • Drugs can make you lose interest in the things that really matter. This might be school, your family, your friends or work
  • Because drugs are addictive, it’s hard to resist buying more. Often, people commit crimes (such as stealing) to raise enough money to do this
  • If you take drugs, you’re more likely to drink alcohol as well
  • Taking drugs can make you vulnerable. They also affect your judgment, so you might end up doing something that you later regret
  • If the police catch you with illegal drugs, they might arrest you. They are also likely to tell your parents that you have been caught
  • Many drugs have unwanted side effects. They may make you feel anxious or paranoid, and they may make you panic
  • Keeping yourself safe
  • If someone tries to persuade you to smoke or take drugs, say ‘no’. People should respect you for it. If they don’t, there will be others who do – and you might feel more comfortable hanging out with them
  • If you are smoking or taking drugs because you feel unhappy, or have problems that you can’t cope with, tell someone. There are many people who will be able to help you


Where to get help
ShADOWS (Shire Alcohol and Drug Outreach Workers Services)
Tel: 01258 488486
Email: shadowsadmin@edasuk.org

Dorset SmokeStop: Live Well Dorset
Tel: 0800 00 76653
 

Frank
Tel: 0800 77 66 00
www.talktofrank.com
Text a question to 82111

For further information
www.addaction.org.uk
www.release.org.uk
www.adfam.org.uk