This year in 5th grade, we’re doing a program called D.A.R.E, it’s about drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and peer pressure. They told us about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Peer pressure is when friends, people, or yourself pressures you in to doing something. There are different types of peer pressure:
- Positive Peer Pressure, when someone urges you to do something that is good for you.
- Friendly Peer Pressure, when someone who is your friend tries to get you to do something you may or may not want to do. - Indirect/Tempting Peer Pressure, when someone tries to persuade or convince you to do something you do not want to do. - Teasing Peer Pressure, when someone makes fun of you to try to get you to do something you do not want to do. - Heavy/Bullying Peer Pressure, when someone threatens you physically or verbally in an attempt to get you to do something you do not want to do.
- Self Peer Pressure, when you are curious to try something, you wonder stuff like, what it would be like. This is the most common pressure you will face. Tobacco is a drug that is consumed in many ways. It can be chewed, like in chewing tobacco, or it can be smoked in either a pipe a cigarette or a cigar and it can also be sniffed like in snuff. It contains an addictive substance called nicotine. Tobacco has over 200 known poisons. Tobacco is responsible for more than 400,000 deaths a year in other words one in every five deaths are caused by tobacco. Tobacco can cause many diseases like Lung, bladder, oral, kidney cancer and chronic bronchitis which is swelling of the main air ways to the lungs.
A drug is a chemical mix that affects the central nervous system, causing changes in behavior, such as marijuana, a drug that is dosed by smoking. Like tobacco, marijuana gives you a high risk of lung cancer. But it also affects the rest of your body. Marijuana contains THC. It affects the brain on several levels....
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