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Growing up with smokes – Sekur Clayton, Guest Blogger

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When I was about nine or ten years old, my older sister used to smoke. She was too scared to smoke in front of my mum even though she was over the age of 18; this was because my sister suffered bad asthma as a kid and didn’t want a lecture from mum about smoking.

So every now and then my sister would ask us kids to go for a walk with her down the road so she could sneak in a ciggy. I recall the feeling I had sitting on the corner on ‘look out’ for my mum, the fear of being caught set my adrenaline off running, it was so exciting!

I remember sitting there thinking ‘I can’t wait until I am old enough to smoke, it’s so fun going behind mum’s back to do this’.

Sekur Clayton, 19 years old  ( Background info:

Sekur’s Blog 1 – Growing up with Smokes

Sekur’s Blog 2 – Experimenting

Sekur’s Blog 3 – ‘I just wanted to fit in

Sekur’s Blog 4 – My first cigarette

Sekur’s Blog 5 – Smoking & money

Sekur’s Blog 6 – A lecture from my dad…

Sekur’s Blog 7 – I don’t want them to pick up smoking

Sekur’s Blog 8 – Quitting smoking


Sekur Clayton is a 19 year old woman from Darwin (currently living in Canberra) who is our Guest Blogger for September. She has been a smoker since she was 14 years old, when she started smoking to join the ‘cool’ gang at her new school. She never thought she was addicted, until she tried to give up.

Sekur will be sharing her experience of smoking, the difficulty she has had in quitting, and how family and school have influenced her during September with a new post every few days.

Every month No Smokes features an Indigenous Guest Blogger. Previous Guest Blogs can be viewed to the left. Are you interested in being our next Guest Blogger?