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Dear Dish-It, My Best Friend Smokes for Attention

Dear Dish-It, is here to whisper "ttyl after I've thought about this some more".

Dear Dish-It,

My best friend smokes. She smokes for attention and it is killing me. I'm soooooooo lost! Help me please.

Dear liljj0789,

Have you told your BFF how you feel about her nasty little habit? If you haven't, you should - and don't candy-coat it. It sounds like it bothers you a lot and she should know that. After all, best friends are supposed to be honest with each other, right? You should also explain to her that there's a big difference between good attention and bad attention. Smoking isn't getting her any positive attention from anyone. Smart people know it's not cool to smoke and that it's just plain stupid. It causes cancer, lung problems and so many more health problems, not to mention it causes a bad complexion, bad breath, stinky hair and clothes - and makes you get wrinkles faster. If she's already addicted to her "look-at-me" habit, then encourage her to go to a guidance counselor or someone else she trusts to help her quit. You can also check out www.tobaccofree.org for more tips on how to help your friend quit smoking.

So, ya gotta burnin' question? Need some love directions? Thinkin' 'bout stuff like depression, sex,how ya feel 'bout YOURSELF (that's called "self-esteem"), boyfriends, girlfriends, losin' old friends, bullyin' or peer pressure, but too scared to ask the parents? Don't be scared to Dish-It here. Send all of your questions to deardish@kidzworld.com. But 'member, if ya hang out in Chat with other Kidzworld members who know ya by your 'username', ya might wanna use a secret nickname when ya write in. That way no one'll ever know it's you. And, just in case ya don't know, Dish-It gets a lotta letters everyday, and she can't answer 'em all. So keep checkin' the column cuz she's prob'ly answerin' somethin' very similar to your question while you're out doin' somethin' else. K? And Thanks! Ya keep her outta trouble. Oh! And if ya've got words of wisdom you wanna share,We'll dish 'em up, too.

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    drowning posted in Friends:
    I've been there when I was still in school. I don't personally have many friends now that I'm graduated, but that's more because the people here aren't worth being friends with. Off topic, my bad- Anyways, just try being a nice person. Sit with the other kid that's alone during lunch, find someone who needs someone to talk too, be open. I realize this can be difficult to do if you're shy, believe me, I've been there as well. Just remember that you need to stay yourself. I've lost friends because they turned out to be someone totally different than how they made themselves out to be. It's not worth it to pretend you're someone else. If it doesn't happen naturally after a little while, then you just have to keep in mind that it's your turn to put yourself out there. Remember that, "hey, I put myself out there and I made a friend, that's pretty cool." But, also remember that, "hey, I put myself out there and I didn't make a friend, that's pretty okay too." If you put yourself out there and someone doesn't accept it, then that's okay. It just means they weren't meant to be your friend and someone else will come along much better for you.
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    Powerslave posted in Friends:
    If most people from this generation don't want to be friends with you, you are doing something right.
    reply about 3 hours
    Be yourself,do what you like to do and people who like the same things will/should be attracted to you. Don't take to much thought to people who want to change you so then you can be their friend. as i said before just be yourself and people will like you and want to be your friend! TRUST ME ON THIS! :D :D :D :D
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    jordand08 posted in Friends:
    Just be open, and talk to someone. I'm sure once someone starts talking to you they're find you cool, and other people might join in. (:
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