Stay Active & Tobacco-Free
Personal Stories: Why I’m staying tobacco-free
Makayla’s story, Age 15
Likes: Cheerleading, dogs and shopping.
I’m a competitive cheerleader so I need to be fit. My dad
smoked for years and I was so proud when he quit. He runs marathons
now – before he wasn’t active at all and he coughed
all the time. I’ve been offered a smoke before but I just
refused. I didn’t make a big deal or anything. I’m an
athlete so I don’t smoke. Get over it!
Jessica’s story, Age 14
Likes: Badminton, dance and horses.
Playing sports and being healthy is important to me. If you want
to be healthy why would you use tobacco? I’m staying tobacco-free
because I’m in good health and I would never want to change
that. Smoking is such a waste of money. It doesn’t make you
anymore attractive. In fact, I think it makes you less attractive.
You look bad, your teeth turn yellow and you smell. It’s also
hard to quit.
Claire’s story, Age 13
Likes: Hanging out with friends, books
I walk to school – mostly every day. And I do cross-country/track
in the fall and spring – Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.
I train for the biathlon in the winter – some running in the
week and skiing on Saturdays, and play soccer in the summer –
once a week. I’ve never really smoked or used tobacco in any
way before, and I don’t plan to. I know that smoking affects
your lungs and I wouldn’t want to do anything that would affect
how well I could run or play sports.