Why I Started Smoking

By Amber Nikole, age 16, North Carolina

Pretty much everyone in my family smokes. When I was in school they always told me, "If one or more of your parents smoke, then you're more likely to smoke when you get older." I always told myself that I was never going to start smoking, but somehow I just fell into the habit. I was eleven when I started smoking (I'm 16 now), and it was never as bad of a habit as it is now. My mom always bought cartons of cigarettes for herself and my oldest brother. When I came home from school one day, I saw the carton sitting on the shelf and wanted to try one. I was on the phone with one of my friends when I first lit a cigarette. It tasted like crap and I coughed a lot. I thought to myself this isn't so bad.

In the early years a pack of cigarettes lasted me a couple weeks, but now a pack of cigarettes only lasts me a day or so. Smoking is a bad habit, and I really wish no one would smoke, but I also know how hard it is to stop. I hate the way it makes your clothes smell and even your breath. Your teeth change color no matter how many times you brush them.

I'm ashamed to admit it, but I still smoke to this day. Every new year I try to set my goal to quit, but I always back down. I feel like I need one every day. Take it from me, if you smoke or think you want to start smoking DON'T. It's the most nasty habit you can pick up.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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