Home > School Life > Smoking At School

Smoking At School

By: Maggie Lonsdale BA (hons) - Updated: 21 Mar 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
School Smoking Fags Giving Up Habits

First up, let's make it clear that smoking is not big and it's not clever.

Starting smoking is often the first thing people will say they wish they had never started. Smoking is very expensive, terrible for your health, dreadful for your looks and is becoming more and more socially unacceptable.

How to be Cool at School

There are plenty of other things you can do to be cool at school - take the lead in a play, be good at football, learn the guitar - but smoking is a habit with no benefits in the long term.

There will always be a little group of secret smokers that find the bench, hut or corner the teachers can't see. If you're not one of them, you may see them occasionally and think they look cool, grown up and individual. (You may also think they look sad and smelly, if so, well done!)

If you are one of them, you may love your current hip-smoker status and be looking for ways to conceal your habit from parents and teachers, or you may be keen to stop and move away from the group. We will cover both in this article, on the understanding that smoking is a foolish, dangerous habit that you will regret ever starting not too long from now.

If you are under sixteen, then it is illegal to buy cigarettes. If you are over sixteen, while you are entitled to buy cigarettes, many schools are now official 'smoke free' environments.

Following on from UK legislation for public places to go smoke free from 1st July 2007, a number of schools and county councils have ruled that their property, including grounds and vehicles, must not be smoked in, including all teachers and staff.

Being One of the Secret Smokers

So, judgement aside, you are smoking at school and don't want to get in trouble for it. Firstly, check for smoke alarms in the toilets. It's a classic place for a sneaky fag, but you will have shame on so many levels if the alarm goes off, you are carted out of the loos and your parents are informed, all in one fell swoop. Most school facilities do have smoke alarms, so let's think again. Another classic 'deviant' hangout is the bike sheds - perhaps less evident in many schools nowadays. If your school has a bike shed, play the sleuth and work out which classroom or office windows you can be seen from.

Do not convince yourself that a polo mint and squirt of Impulse will mean no one can tell you have been smoking. They will know - every time. It's just whether you get a lecture or not.

What about if you have started smoking at school and can see the error of your ways. You feel like you are hanging out with people that aren't good for you and know that smoking is a grubby, costly downward spiral. Firstly, well done you. It is really hard to do the right thing sometimes, especially if you might get teased or singled out for it. You could start by saying you want to give up smoking - don't make a judgement on them smoking, just say you can't afford it or you've got a sore throat. If you start saying it is because of the health risks and the illegalities of the situation, you will look like a prize creep.

Next, you can try walking a different way to school or classes, to try to break your habits if you are finding it hard to stop and so you don't bump into your old smoking buddies.

You may want to confess to your parents and ask for their help - say you know it was stupid and that you are desperate for it not to be an adult habit you get into. If talking to your parents is the last thing you want to do, maybe an approachable teacher or friend's parent could give you some moral support.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • Ambs
    Re: Coping With Strict Parents
    I am 24 years old and my dad is so strict and my step mom....unfortunately I don't live with my mom ?? ?? But my dad is so strict…
    4 August 2022
  • blake
    Re: Coping With Strict Parents
    My parents are kind of flexible, but sometimes the rules they make are kind of stupid. I lost my phone for three months just because…
    8 October 2021
  • blake
    Re: Coping With Strict Parents
    My parents are kind of flexible, but sometimes the rules they make are kind of stupid. I lost my phone for three months just because…
    8 October 2021
  • blake
    Re: Coping With Strict Parents
    My parents are kind of flexible, but sometimes the rules they make are kind of stupid. I lost my phone for three months just because…
    8 October 2021
  • hey
    Re: Coping With Strict Parents
    Hi im 14 and my parents are very weirdly strict. I can get piercings and go out with friends, whatever they don't care. However I am…
    11 August 2021
  • lane
    Re: Coping With Strict Parents
    I’m turning 15 in 2 months . I live with my dad who is really strict , and it’s unfair because my friends parents aren’t and I wish…
    25 July 2021
  • VinnFeyn
    Re: Coping With Strict Parents
    I'm 14 years old, nonbinary and lesbian and my parents are massive homophobes as well as strict. I don't have a phone, I have to…
    28 June 2021
  • Rosie
    Re: Fostering and Adopting - Teenagers
    I am from the uk ???? If you need to know where I am.
    13 May 2021
  • Rosie
    Re: Fostering and Adopting - Teenagers
    Hi I am 11 years old and my name is Annie. I love to do drama and go on outings. I also love animals and hope to have one…
    13 May 2021
  • Ellie
    Re: Coping With Strict Parents
    Hey all, I'm literally turning 16 in 2 days. I have more adult friends than friends my age (thanks to my parents and me being an only…
    8 May 2021