Guest Blogger

Melanie Herdman – Smoking & Family

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I asked most of the family why they smoked in the first place and they all said they were taught by older friends and family. Now I think that teenagers and even younger ages about 10 are doing it because they think it’s fun.

A lot of times I have heard family and friends wanting to give up. They tried quitting for a couple of weeks then got  back on it when it gets stressful.

It makes me sad to see more of my younger relatives starting smoking. Having only myself as a role model in my family it’s hard to convince them not to smoke when everyone else is doing it.  I thought by blogging for No Smokes it might be an interesting way to share my information and views and get advise and help from others.


Smoking rates in remote communities are estimated to be as high as 70%, compared to around 16% in mainstream Australia.

Melanie Herdman, 25 years old (Background info: ).

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


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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