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Baby, Don't Smoke

Baby, Don't Smoke

No. 9238


by Everett Jaime; illus. by Eliot R. Brown

Baby Don't Smoke is an exciting, information-rich and colorful graphic novel of a teenage Latina girl named Maria who lives in East Los Angeles with her mother, her boyfriend and their newborn. She is led through a series of dramatic encounters with sinister and friendly characters which climax in a surprise ending, leaving her with the resolve to quit smoking forever.

Since badgering and other forms of education about the obvious health concerns caused by smoking haven't eliminated the problem, Baby Don't Smoke takes a different approach. It encourages teens to rebel! In this case, to rebel against the cigarette companies who entice them into addiction and ill-health, and thus contribute to the illness of their infants and children.

"We give people a pre-packaged, cool, rebellious identity when they can't create one for themselves," scoffs Doris, the novel's villain who controls Tobacco Empire. When protagonist Maria, a teen mother, responds with sarcasm, "You must be very proud," Doris counters, "I'm not proud, I'm rich."

Baby Don't Smoke presents hard evidence of the dangers of smoking in an imaginative, edgy, and readable format. (36 pp.)

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