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Sekur Clayton – A lecture from my dad…

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My parents didn’t know that I was smoking; well maybe they had an idea but just didn’t want to believe it. I went to my dad’s after school one day and asked him if he could drop me home (as I was living at my brother’s house).

My dad lives in a upstairs house, as I was walking down the stairs and him following behind, somehow my lighter fell out of my pocket, my heart started racing all I could think was ‘I hope my dad didn’t notice that’!

When we got to the bottom of the stairs, he picked up the lighter and looked at me with an expression I have never seen before. Disgust! It was written all over his face. I tell you, if looks could kill I would’ve died that day.

He asked if I had been smoking, and I tried to blame the lighter on one of my friends, as you do, and it didn’t work. He gave me the first of many lectures about what smoking does to you and so on and so forth. But all that was running through my head at that point was ‘I’ve been caught smoking and all I’m going to get is a lecture’ (little did I know these lectures would be more hurtful than getting a hiding).

Obviously Dad calls my Mum who comes storming over to my brothers place, my mum is about 4 foot tall and not scary at all it was actually pretty funny to see her trying to tell me off. It wasn’t really funny when I got cut off from receiving money from the both of them.

My oldest brother then tried to sit me down and explain that him and I need to be the ones in the family that don’t smoke, at the time I didn’t think much of it, but now I know that he wanted me to do better in my life and not follow in the footsteps of family before me.

I think my mum, dad and brother were trying to protect me from the problems that smoking causes, but of course being a teenager I knew everything!

p.s. the photo above is of me on a swag is from a time I went camping at Dundee beach. I went and found a tree to go to sleep under during the day, cause it was too hot. Haha

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.

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