Did Those Cigarettes Talk?
by Taylor M., Friendswood Junior High student
As I walked down one of the many aisles in the convention center, something
caught my eye. Oh my goodness, did that man just pull out a cigarette
pack? Indoors at a teacher convention? I turned sharply to the left to
try to avoid the booth that seemed to be dangerous to our health and
minds. Unfortunately, my partner, the bold Helena, succumbed to her own
curiosity and made her way to the risky setting. As her reporting partner,
I had to follow.
We were almost to the booth, and my stomach felt a little
uneasy. I saw the guy showing a group of clearly fascinated teachers
a pack of cigarettes. Willed with all my heart, I wished for my partner
to see the danger and walk away. Of course, she maintained her confident
stride and reached the man. My heart stopped cold, and I felt my cheeks
Please don't ask me if I want a cigarette. He was
smiling at us and I saw his hand extend. I could hear in my mind
the echo of his strong voice telling me to take one. No, I'm
too young to die!
Surprisingly, he didn't ask if I wanted to smoke!
His product was actually a fake packet of cigarettes that
had a recorder in it. Housed in a purse or pocket, it randomly
buzzes and asks if you want to smoke, just like your friends may
do. You would respond to it by saying no. Next, the machine asks
you, "Why?" Then
you respond with why you don't want to smoke. Your teachers can also
interact by listening to your recorded responses. After uncovering the
truth, I felt a wave of relief extinguish my anxiety. I had made an assumption
and, like always, was wrong. I turned to another part of the booth and
began to explore the other unique products they had created, glad that
the man with the pack of cigarettes supported a worthy cause.