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A Matter of Choice by Julie Simpson, Dena Michelli

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Maya’s story

Maya is a 27-year-old successful business consultant, who is just about to move to another position within a new organization. She lives in central London with her long-term boyfriend. She loves art, theatre and literature.

I was nine years old when I first tried smoking. My mother used to smoke about once a year, so there was a packet of cigarettes that had been in the house for ages. I’d heard people at school talking about how they were smoking, so I was inquisitive. Not thinking about the smell, I lit up in the bathroom. My mother thought that someone had broken into the house, so I had to admit to her that I had tried a cigarette. And it was horrible. It made my back go red all over and it made me cough. Years later, when I ...

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