Why I Don't Smoke Weed

By Whitney, age 16, New Jersey

It seems school is right around the corner now, and you know what you see? Your old friends, but some news ones as well. That's more peer pressure for drugs. We may think it's cool because some of our friends are doing it, but if you're like me and play sports, you know it's not.

When you smoke weed it affects you in more than one way. In Seventeen it says it's like you're smoking five cancer causing cigarettes. Also, it affects your mind because it makes your thinking slower. That's not good, especially if you drive, because it causes accidents. And it can be very addicting because getting high is all you can think about. And how can you pass those mid-terms if your mind is on something else?

Weed can make you gain weight and cause acne. And who wants a harsh cough all the time and not be able to breathe when it's a hundred degrees outside? Once you mess your lungs up you will always have breathing problems. How can you play sports if you get tired in the game easily? Or, if you have a job and your boss needs a drug test, how will you have a job if it's on your record? Who wants bloodshot red eyes for school? You know, a teacher can find out because you're loud and out of your normal character. Then you get arrested or suspended. What's more, the smell gets in your hair and clothes.

Be above the influence like me. If your friends have drugs, don't be around it because it can be very tempting to try it. I had lots of people who wanted to sell me some, but I said no because I didn't know how to smoke it. And they knew I'd never had it so they would probably cheat me out of my money. Hang with friends who don't smoke because who wants to hang out with tired friends all the time? If they see you not doing it they may stop as well. :)

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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)
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- The stranger (original poetry)
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- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
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- The 30 hour famine
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- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
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