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Live Healthy, Live Strong – Smoke Free, the way to be

Lekisha

A bit about my work:

My name is Lekisha and I’m the acting Regional Tobacco Coordinator for Central Australian Aboriginal Congress’ Healthy Lifestyle & Tobacco Cessation Program in Alice Springs.

Our Program aims to encourage Aboriginal people of the Central Australian region to quit smoking, eat healthy and get fit through the promotion of important health messages. A healthy lifestyle will lead to a longer life and more time spent with friends and family.

Our program motto is Live Healthy, Live Strong – Smoke Free, the way to be.

A bit about me: 

As a young local Aboriginal woman in Alice Springs I have never picked up the habit of smoking tobacco because I have seen the effects it has had on my close family.

I have had close relatives pass away because of cancer and other illnesses caused by smoking.

I have seen it through my own eyes for years and I do not want to experience those health effects, the hurt, and the pain that they went through because of smoking cigarettes.

So I have made myself a promise to never take up smoking so I can be a role model for my younger cousins, nephews, nieces. I want to show them the right way.