Guest Blogger

“I would not risk smoking for even a day of my life, because of my kids”

melanie with son

I guess I never decided to try smoking because my whole family smokes, most of my friends as well. I don’t see the point of it, it’s just inhaling and exhaling chemicals. Smoking is one of the most common causes of illness in Indigenous people these days!

Smoking affects everyone even if you’re a non-smoker. Inhaling the smoke is just as bad.

I see my people die young, get cancer, and be more at risk of a stoke or heart attack. For mums, smoking can cause a growth default in unborn babies that can sometimes be fatal. This makes me sad.

I would not risk smoking for even a day of my life, because of my kids.

Melanie is the proud mum of two healthy young children; a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old. You can read more of Melanie’s blog posts by clicking on the links below:

Melanie Herdman, 25 years old (Background info: http://nosmokes.com.au/meet-melanie-rarrtjiwuy-herdman-our-december-guest-blogger/ ).

Melanie’s Blog 1 – Growing up in Arnhem Land

Melanie’s Blog 2 – ‘I promised myself I would never smoke!

Melanie’s Blog 3 – Smoking & Friends

Melanie’s Blog 4 – “I would not risk smoking for even a day of my life, because of my kids”

Melanie’s Blog 5 – Smoking & Family

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Melanie Herdman is a 25 year old Aboriginal woman, who lives in Gunyangara, a remote community in NorthEast Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. She is a non-smoker and wants to share her views on growing up as a non-smoker, and touch on the topic of passive smoking and children.

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