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Let's Talk: How Do You Avoid Peer Pressure?

Sara Bellum

Peer pressure comes in many different forms. You might feel it in group situations, or you might have friends who try to get you to do things that make you uneasy, like smoke cigarettes, steal your parents' prescription medications, cheat on a test, or skip school.

It's hard to stand up for what you believe when everyone else is pushing something different. It's hard for adults, and it's especially hard for teens. So how do you do it—how do you resist peer pressure? What ideas do you have for staying true to you?

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smoking marijuana is stupid and can wreak your life for good if you take it for to long
say no and walk away and tell a grown up.
learend nothing
if you have a friend that does these things then you should make it clear to them that you wont do it no matter what but still be there for them and their future :)
The best way to avoid problems is to have friends who DONT DO DRUGS. There is no question!!!
Say no
You can avoid peer pressure if you just hang out with the right people but everyone does get pressured into doing things that they don't want to do at least once in their lifetime but you should have a plan to get away from it when it does happen to you. For example, maybe walking away from the situation.
I think i should just stay away from them but in a certain way which they wont even notice that i no longer wanna hang around with them anymore


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