Real life story of a pre-teen smoker
I have seen other posts on here about the issue of young children becoming addicted cigarette smokers, and I would love to ignite a discussion with others who have been faced with this issue. For my part, I was guided, encouraged and taught how to inhale cigarette smoke into my lungs when I was just 8 years old. Oh my goodness, the feeling of smoke going into my young body was astonishing. Even though I was just a kid, and I knew I was doing something quite forbidden, I almost immediately fell in love with the sensation. I knew on my first night of smoking, that I wanted my aunty to let me keep smoking with her. She, as kindly as you can imagine, told me, if she were to do this, it would be very likely that I would soon become addicted like she was. Not only did this not bother me, I actually wanted to know how she felt and to have no choice but to smoke, regularly, everyday.
Not surprisingly, aunty let me keep smoking, and, within a week of my 2-week stay with aunty, I knew I was hooked. Even though my aunty's younger daughters thought I was some kind of freak, becoming a smoker so young was a wonderous experience for me. In hardly any time, I was smoking a packet of 25 Winfield Menthol every two days, and I was lighting up as and when I felt the desire. Aunty gave me my own ashtray and lighter and her permission to smoke with her, even when we were out in public. Even though I was just a kid, I learnt quickly how to take a cheek hollowing drag, double pump my smoke, and, truth be told, I was smoking just like any adult. I felt so grown up and soothed by my new addiction. Smoking gave me comfort that I came to rely upon as I went through the rest of my childhood years.
I was pretty mature for my age, and I took on board my new status as a smoker with complete sincerity. From those first two weeks on, every time I was with Aunty, I smoked as heavily as my little body could handle, and I had the same need to smoke as my aunty. When I was with my anti-smoking Mum & Dad, I became an opportunist and devised ways for me to covertly smoke, usually, as a minimum, at least 4 or 5 times a day.
I know from my personal experience, that if a child is guided by a supportive adult, they are not too young to become a smoker. Millions of people worldwide enjoy smoking, and, in my opinion, there is no reason why, if a child is curious, they too should not be able to take up the habit.
I know I am different, but I would love to chat with others who have had a similar experience, either as an adult letting a child smoke, or a child themselves who started smoking.
I find this whole issue intiguing.