I constantly talk to teens about pot and always try to give them a balanced look at the issues. Yet, no matter if pot smoke is better or worse for you than cigarettes, more peacemaking or less peacemaking, non-dangerous or dangerous…it is still illegal. I do not want teens ruining their lives because they are caught with marijuana on them.
Here are a few non-health class reasons not to smoke pot, which, I believe, appeal more to their interests.
-I always stress to girls the aging effects of smoking. I spoke to a group of 16 year-olds about ‘anti-partying’ and gave them my reasons not to smoke (they were shocked, because they had not heard that before)
-At a prestigious internship interview, a friend got offered the job. Yet, when the company asked if he would be willing to take a drug test, he knew he couldn’t pass and the company took back the offer. You never know when you might get drug tested.
-Gives you lip wrinkles.
-The smoke makes your teeth yellow
-Many teens have heard about “whiskey dick” which makes it difficult for men to get an erection while drunk. There is also “stoner softie” with the same problem.
-Makes you taste bad when you kiss.
-Make allergies worse.
-You never know who is going to take an incriminating picture and post it somewhere, or use it against you later.
I always get angry commenters on my pot posts. Please do not attack my integrity or defend the benefits of pot, I have already done this in this post: 10 Reasons Parents Should Support Legalizing Marijuana. I am posting this because pot is still illegal, whether or not pot is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for you. I have also posted 10 Reasons Parents Should Not Support Legalizing Marijuana.
This post is dedicated to Tinka Brown, my old health teacher for being awesome, and being extremely open-minded, cool and informative during some very awkward classes and pubescent years.
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