SO YOUNG SO ADDICTED
Justin Mackenzie has been smoking since the age of 10 till now he?s 15. Every single person in his family has lung illnesses caused by smoking and he knows all that. But why is he still smoking? Lolita Lee talks to him about that and a whole lot more.
First, give us a brief history of Justin Mackenzie.
Where do you get cigarettes?
When I was ten, I used to take it from my friends, they never told me where they get it. But now, I buy it anywhere
I was born in Sydney and moved to Brisbane when I was six. I don?t have any brothers or sisters but I have the best parents in the world. I went to Corpora Primary School and was a sport person and the school captain in grade seven. And now here I am in Tangalish High School.
Many people included Corpora Primary School students used to call you sporty, why?
(Smiling) Its because I was very good at sports especially athletics, which I used to come first, second or third.
Are you still good at sports?
No, I don?t play sports any more.
Well, since I started smoking, I became very slow; I can?t run for 50m without stopping for a rest. I thought it would be better to stop.
How did you start smoking?
When I was 10 I used to walk with a group of friends, but they dumped me because I don?t want to share my lunch with them. So I started walking with another group which were all smokers. They often asked me if I want a cigarette but I kept saying ?No, smoking causes death? and they use to laugh and say ?Are you scared about that-chicken??
Hardly anyone ever asks me...