Guest Blogger

“I always thought I was in control”

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Introducing the No Smokes Guest Blogger for September…. Sekur Clayton

Sekur is a 19-year-old Aboriginal woman from Darwin, who now lives in Canberra where she works for the the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations on a program that helps people in remote communities to get jobs.

Sekur comes from a big family, and many of her aunties and uncles smoked when she was growing up.

She started smoking at the beginning of high school, when she wanted to fit in with the ‘cool’ group.

She never thought she was addicted, but six years on, and now a pack-a-day smoker, Sekur realises she is.

Sekur worries about what kind of role model she might be for her 22 young nieces and nephews. She has tried to quit a number of times, but doesn’t feel she can kick the habit right now. But she does know she can never give up trying to give up.

Sekur Clayton is a 19 year old Aboriginal woman from Darwin, who now works in Canberra. She has been a smoker for 6 years, and never thought she was addicted until she tried to give up”

You can read all about Sekur’s story though her blog during  September. 

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

Guest Blogger vital stats:

Name: Sekur Clayton

Date of Birth: 9 November 1993

Hometown: Darwin

Smoking status: Smoker


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?