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Blog day 3 – Catherine Solomon ‘My life as a smoker’

Catherine Solomon is a 17 y.o. student from Warriappendi School in Adelaide, and is our guest blogger for July. “My life as a smoker brought me down as I had less money on me because I spent it on cigarettes, when I should’ve been buying things I really need. How much smoking was costing me […]

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Blog day 1 – Catherine Solomon ‘My smoking history’

My smoking history, by Catherine Solomon. I started smoking early this year because of peer pressure. I was always around a big gang of people who smoked. They were all good people, just being around them made me feel like I should join them in whatever they were doing; smoking, drinking, not going to school, […]

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Myth: ‘Light’ cigarettes are better for you

MYTH: Smoking low-tar cigarettes is better for me. FACT: There is no such thing as a safe cigarette. Smoking tobacco causes emphysema, lung cancer and premature death. Research shows that people who switch to low-tar cigarettes (sometime called ‘Light’ or ‘Mild’) puff harder or puff faster on the cigarette, so are getting the same level […]

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Fact: Secondhand smoke in a car is like being in a bushfire

Sitting in a car with a smoker for 10 minutes will expose you to the same levels of smoke that a firefighter would get when fighting a bushfire for 4-8 hours. When you smoke inside a car, the secondhand smoke is thick and strong because it can’t escape, even when you have the windows down. […]

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News: Tobacco ads spark teen smoking

The more tobacco advertising teenagers see, the more likely they are to start smoking, according to a new study . Every 10 tobacco ads that teens view increases their risk of starting to smoke by nearly 40%! Young people can be easily influenced, and tobacco companies use marketing and advertising to make smoking look really cool. But […]

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Myth: Smoking makes me look cool

MYTH: Smoking might be hurting me on the inside, but I look cool doing it. It’s sexy! FACT: Yellow teeth, bad skin, mouth cancers, unhealthy hair and wrinkles aren’t cool. It might not show right now, but cigarettes will make you look old and sick, and that is a fact! If you quit smoking, or […]

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Fact: Quitting smoking will help you run faster!

FACT: Quitting smoking will help increase the oxygen in your blood, and your muscles will become stronger & healthier. This means that you’ll be able to perform better on the sports field (or dance floor!) So if you want to run faster, shoot hoops better, or kick the footy further, stop smoking! Just one day […]

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Quit tip: Make a date and stick to it

If you’re thinking about quitting smoking, make a date and start planning towards it. Some people find there’s too much pressure in quitting on New Year’s Day, so maybe choose a date a month or two down the track. The main thing is that you choose a date and then stick to it. Tell your […]

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Using No Smokes in the classroom

Do you teach students in upper primary and secondary school? Are you looking for culturally relevant lesson plans relating to the national curriculum (health, science, english, maths, history) to engage your students? Teachers are in a powerful position to use No Smokes videos and games to create classroom activities to highlight the impact of tobacco […]

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Who’s really in control?

In this blog, I want to talk about the history of tobacco. Tobacco has been used to control vulnerable  and lower socio-economic groups for hundreds of years, including being used to control (ab)Original people. Tailored cigarettes were introduced by european settlers to (ab)Original people when they arrived in 1788. In the decades that followed, (ab)Original […]

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Blakboi joins The Long Walk – 25 May

Welcome peeps. Today I find myself in the Australian state of Victoria. It’s a beautiful sunny day down here in Melbourne (oh no, it just got cloudy) and I am sitting in the middle of Federation Square (it just started raining). “Fed square” as its known to the local folk is the ultimate meeting place […]

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Sorry Day 2013 in the words of Blakboi

Yo people – how is ur day going? I’m feeling so good today. I have just been visiting Ulladulla. For those of you that dont know where that is – good! It’s a quiet place and that’s the way the locals like it. I was surfing this morning at one of my favourite spots and […]

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Quit tip: Get rid of all your ashtrays

Once you’ve made the decision to quit, collect all the lighters, matches and ashtrays in the house and throw them in the bin! It’s important to rid your home of anything that reminds you of smoking, and to make it harder for you give in to cravings. If you don’t have a lighter, it will […]

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Quit tip: Snack on fruit

Have slices of watermelon or other fruit handy. Snack on these to keep your mouth fresh & you won’t look for a cigarette. This also means you won’t be reaching for chips and lollies. This tip was given to us by David Walker, who has been smoke free for 2 years!

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Quit tip: Keep a water bottle with you

Quit tip: Drinking water can help satisfy the hand to mouth action that you usually get with cigarettes. Sipping on a drink bottle is a bit like sucking on a smoke. Plus water is so much better for you…try it. (p.s. we recommend a non-disposable bottle, that you can fill up again and again. Better […]

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MYTH: Smoking low-tar cigarettes is better for me

MYTH: Smoking low-tar cigarettes is better for me. FACT: There is no such thing as a safe cigarette. Smoking tobacco causes emphysema, lung cancer and premature death. Research shows that people who switch to low-tar cigarettes (sometime called ‘Light’ or ‘Mild’) puff harder or puff faster on the cigarette, so are getting the same level […]