Monique* started three years ago as a 16-year-old pupil because her cousin smoked, and spends around R200 a week on cigarettes.
“I am trying to stop. I want to. I spend a lot of money on cigarettes but I have to smoke. I crave it,” said Monique, whose parents are also smokers.
Amina* and Wanita*, having their last drags before class, also started smoking at school.
“Everyone at Lavender Hill High smokes,” said Amina. “We smoked on school grounds and we never got caught because everyone smells of smoke.