Being that you've never smoked in your life, i think your story was interesting... more so because the kid you mentioned that was the superstar seemed to have made a huge influence in deterring you from partaking... and taking it a step forward instilling those same reluctancies in your family especially the youngest(gotta put a period to the drinking though)... I grew up with a kid I use to box with back in the day who was "suppose" to qualify for the national team for the world amateurs; he fell off because of alcohol... I always kind of felt guilty because I knew and didn't say much to him about it( didn't know much about the risk myself)...
I think exposing kids in general to the truths about drugs and sex is the way to go about it rather than shying away from the conversation... This is a broad statement, but I don't think parents realize how influential the music industry is these days(speaking more so on rap and pop)... In a nutshell all they talk about is sex, drugs, partying, which is cool no doubt(aha), but if that's the only avenue that kids are hearing about these vices thennnnnn...[/QUOTE]
We talk about drinking and drugs and partying on an almost constant basis, and believe me music and movies have huge impacts on what they see.
My decision not to be on the pot was not so noble. I fractured 3 ribs when I was 13 during a hockey practice, one of which knicked a lung and partially collapsing it, leaving scar tissue and leaving me with a form of exercise induced asthma till I was my 20s. I couldn't have smoked anything, even if I wanted to.