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Guest Blogger Sekur Clayton – “I just wanted to fit in”


Year 8, the start of high school! My first day of school, I was lining up in the canteen line and some random comes up to me and asks if they could buy a cigarette, I told him that I don’t smoke and he gave me this weird look and said in an arrogant tone ‘you really don’t smoke?’ he then turned and walked away.

I remember going back to class and asking myself, do I look like a smoker? A hundred thousand reasons running through my head, needless to say I was confused. At lunch time my friends and I went down to the basketball court where a big group of people were huddled together. I seen old friends who I went to primary school with, they were all smoking.

After a couple weeks of being at the new school, I quickly figured out that all the ‘cool kids’ were smokers. The kids didn’t force me to have a smoke, but I still felt persuaded. I guess I just wanted to fit in and knew that this would be an easy way for me to do so. I thought about sitting at home pretending to smoke and imagined what it would be like to actually have a ‘real’ cigarette. This decision overall affected my choice to pick up smoking.

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?