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Sekur Clayton Guest Blogger – Smoking & Money


When I was in year ten (aged 16), my third year of full time smoking, I noticed that it was becoming expensive to keep this habit. I reassessed what I spent my money on. At that time in my life, I would always be on the phone to my ex-boyfriend. Credit would cost me $30 every 4 to 5 days and smokes would cost me about the same, so I decided to stop buying credit and support my smoking habit.

Smoking is becoming more expensive and the price isn’t going to go down, I always think about how much money I can save by quitting but somehow, I never do.

I have done the Smoking Calculator test at, and it has advised that I’ve spent up to $34,067 on smokes in the past 6 years and that I could’ve bought a new car!

I don’t know if I would have really brought a new car with that money, but it makes me wild to see how much money was wasted.

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?