Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Blame it on Peer Pressure

Why do young people smoke cigarettes? Anyone remember doing this in school (learning about smoking not actually smoking) and you'd have to come up with a bunch of reasons why young people start smoking? And the big answer is always peer pressure? And that apparently "youth smoking is a growing problem" even though the number of young people smoking has actually been decreasing for years?

I remember thinking it a bit weird that apparently peer pressure is the biggest reason young people smoke cigarettes, 'cos I had never felt pressured to. When I was exposed to my peers smoking it wasn't really a bother. No one pressured me into doing it. By that point everyone knew how bad it was for you, so those who smoked would almost commend those of us who refused. But still, apparently peer pressure was the biggest reason for people my age to start.

Obviously generations before us didn't know how bad smoking was for your health, and maybe for them peer pressure was a bigger thing than it is now. Now I would say the bigger issues are pressures coming from society in general, and actually your peers don't have as much power to pressure you as the media does. How can anyone blame kids for smoking when it is being shoved in their faces as a normal habit from films etc?

There was also always a horrible judgement around kids smoking. Yes obviously it's bad, but here were the teachers preaching about peer pressure and black lungs, while probably half of them teaching this were smokers themselves.

I don't know if they still do this in schools? When are adults going to stop blaming children for being little shits and accept the responsibility that the children reflect exactly what they learn from adults? Children who live with parents or siblings who smoke are up to three times more likely to end up smoking themselves, compared to children who live with non-smokers. Still peer pressure? The advice we got was to stand up to our peers and say no! Why shouldn't the parents who smoke be taking responsibility to make sure their own children don't end up smoking too? How can you blame other children for pressuring your child into smoking while you are exposing them to second hand smoke every day?

This might be totally uninteresting to you, I don't even know why I remembered it but I just know a lot of people have their facts wrong when it comes to young people smoking. It's NOT a growing problem and it's NOT mostly down to peer pressure. I probably could have said this in a tweet but I just fancied writing about it. I got figures from this link, which has more info if you're interested in further reading, including a bit about children and second hand smoke. Let me know your thoughts.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015


When the crocuses (crocuses, croci, what is it?!) come up that means Spring is starting. That and the seriously blue skies and bright days. Oh, and there are already Easter Eggs in the shop. 

Monday, 23 February 2015

Beauty Review || Superdrug Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser

This is another product that has actually worked and doesn't irritate my skin. It's good for dry skin, I wouldn't know about other skin types though. Superdrug has a few hot cloth cleansers and this is the second I've tried (it just happened to be on offer) and I love both of them. Both are really good for dry skin and unlike most cleansers I've tried actually leave me feeling clean. It's also really cheap and comes with a cloth. I'm sure you already know this, but it's also cruelty free! I love it and will carry on repurchasing it, I'm not one to keep trying new things if I've found something that works.

Do you use any of superdrug's products? Have you ever tried one of their hot cloth cleansers? If not I do really recommend them, it's cheap and it works what more do you want!? xo

Sunday, 22 February 2015

This week happiness is... #32

 Finally putting this sheet up in my bedroom. I bought it along with another at a car boot sale. The lady selling them was lovely and told us about her life when she used to live in Africa.

I already mentioned this in my last post but the research done at my university is super super awesome!

Seeing Jungle at The Pyramids in Southsea! Oh my stars, it was awwwesome and groovy. It finished really early so we ended up going back to our friends and getting pizza. Pizza-go-go do quorn pizzas guys!!!

The sun being so bright and streaming through the windows, it finally looks like winter might be ending.
Having hardly any lectures this week so being able to crack on with coursework. So kind of a happy thing but also not really... although my coursework is actually really interesting. Can't wait to get it done.
Some pretty folders I bought to organise my coursework. About time.
Finishing drop dead diva! The ending was crap I'm serious!!! They needed some big moment but it wasn't, there was just some singing. Which was nice cos he sounded like Michael Buble and I like him.

Catching up with lots of friends at a house pardy. Some of my friends I hardly see this year, everyone is just so so busy. 

Drowning ourselves in glitter. Two of my housemates came to the party too and we got dressed up and glittery.

Nutella. I haven't had it in ages and bought some this week and have been eating it non stop since!

Good luck to anyone else doing coursework, or studying for exams. It suuuuucks. My week was kinda dull, apart from the party and the concert... OK so maybe not that dull but my days have been spent at my desk trying to crack on with the coursework! Now, tell me about your week? Anything great happen? xo