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Peer pressure is the influence a teen’s social group has on a person. It plays in a huge role that is a part of life for everyone, but it can especially be a strong influence during the teen years when peers are very important to teen’s identity. Many people believe that peer pressure is a bad thing, but for most peer pressure actually helps an individual more than it hurts. What matters is whether teens can handle the peer pressure, and to realize when it is positive and when it is negative.
Fitting into a particular social group can lead an individual into peer pressure for the reasons of following the steps of others influenced. One example is teen smoking. Although social groups more often guide the influenced into peer pressure, the media also portrays smoking as a stress reliever which leads certain teen groups to react to what they’ve seen in TV shows, movies, internet, and real life.
According to the Statistics Article, it shows a range percentage of teen’s life interfering with the activities they are engaged to in the social circle. “Approximately 80% of adult smokers started smoking before the age of 18. Every day, nearly 3,000 young people under the age of 18 become regular smokers. More than 5 million children living today will die prematurely because of a decision they will make as adolescents—the decision to smoke cigarettes.”As the generations mature faster, the pressure of stressfulness builds up upon them. The more pressure that builds upon teens, the more they are likely to turn to cigarettes as a way to cope with their stress. The statistics shows that teens are more likely and at the most to start smoking at the age of eighteen and under. Teens are subjected to this problem and it has been going on for decades. For the most, teens are having this problem because their priorities grow and change. They want it for the best of themselves. The pressure to drink, smoke, do drugs, etc becomes evident within some crowds; peer pressure knows how to guilt trip teenagers. It is also based of the person maturity level. It is not an issue if somebody has matured and knows how to deal with the issue that will caused them from being pushed by others. If somebody is not at the state of the maturity level, they will get encouraged by things around them because they won’t know any different. This is why peer pressure is a definite problem for teenagers today. It’s the content of decisions that a teenager makes upon their own selves.
Another article from the 30 Fascinating Cigarette Smoking Facts, they are many, many scientific facts that shows what it is that are in cigarettes and how might people get so addicted to them. Reporters interviewed several smokers to ask the reasons for why smokers smoke.“Smokers generally report a variety of after-effects; such as calmness, relaxation, alertness, stimulation, concentration and many others. In fact, smoking will produce a different effect in each individual depending on ‘what they expect to get’; turning the cigarette into the worlds most popular placebo (satisfying the brains hunger for nicotine being the only ‘relaxing’ factor). The smoker will then use these expectations as a means to continue the habit.” This was the most top answer that smokers tells a reporter for why they smoke. Teenagers smoke because it’s their way of relieving stress. It is also the easiest way for them to relieve stress from inhaling and exhaling through the puff in the cigarettes. It’s an addiction and it leads to their very own habit of becoming a smoker for the after-effects that they feel through the one cigarettes they smoke through. The teen rates in smoking is getting higher and higher everyday since they use cigarettes as a way to cope their stress. If this is an issue that will never be addressed, this will become a problem for the younger generations that will also influenced them in this situation .
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Nerenberg, Jenara. “Cool Teenagers Use Peer Pressure to Prevent Smoking | Fast Company.” Fast Company. N.p., 11 Oct. 2010. Web. 9 Jan. 2013. <http://www.fastcompany.com/1694127/cool-teenagers-use-peer-pressure-prevent-smoking>.