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Sekur Clayton – My first cigarette

smoking (brown university)

I was sitting there, lit up the smoke and continued to take a drag, all eyes were on me to see if I knew what I was doing. I have never in my life coughed so much that it hurt. Everyone laughed as they do! I was so embarrassed; I made a promise to myself that I would not smoke in front of people again until I learnt how to do it properly.

After a couple weeks of practice, I was sitting at the back of my brother’s house and I finally got the hang of inhaling and exhaling, I was so happy, again came those feelings I had of being deadly! I couldn’t wait to go to school and show everyone that I knew what I was doing.

At the time I thought that I would always be in control of my habit because I could choose when I wanted a smoke, this is because I couldn’t smoke in front of my parents. I didn’t think twice about what I was getting myself into.

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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