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When I was eleven years old my best friend Michelle Baker and I thought that we would look more grown up if we started smoking My parents smoked so we devised a plan for me to steal their cigarettes and then Michelle and I would meet behind K J Clark Middle School to smoke We thought smoking would make us more popular with the older kids who hung out there The next morning I sneaked into my mothers room and stole a pack of Pallmall Gold cigarettes from her carton and a pack of matches from her bed table I hurried out the door to school with the overwhelming fear my mother would catch me before I could get there I ran two whole blocks before I met up with Michelle I proudly showed her my stolen pack of cigarettes and she was impressed with my story of how I was able to slip the smokes out of the house By her reaction I just knew I was becoming more popular already Michelle and I walked to the back of our school where the tough kids hung out and opened the pack of cigarettes We each took one cigarette and lit it up It was the nastiest thing I had ever tasted I tried to inhale the smoke as I had seen my parents do but instead of breathing a long sigh of satisfaction I thought I would cough up a lung I hated it For some unexplainable reason I kept going back behind school and lighting one up Twenty-one years later I am still smoking I cannot go a day without a cigarette I am addicted I wake up in the middle of the night to light one up and it is the first thing I do when I wake up in the morning I have even fallen asleep with a cigarette in my hand almost catching my bed on fire I fell
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