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Love, Me

If you could write a letter to your younger self, what would you say? We asked this question to four people who overcame serious odds to find love and acceptance. Watch their stories and see why they won’t damage their health or happiness with tobacco.

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People using screen readers may not be able to fully view information in this file. The content for this video is: Lila walks on the sidewalk past a dark sheet draped over a fence. Somber instrumental music plays. ON SCREEN TEXT: A LETTER TO MY YOUNGER SELF... ON SCREEN TEXT: BY LILA J. - SPOKEN WORD POET PROUD MEMBER OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY A close-up shot shows Lila turning the pages of a journal. ON SCREEN TEXT: LILA: Little Lila... Dear little Lila, When she says she don't want you, And you're the most broken and lost. You will find a way Lila stands in front of a fence in a city. LILA: When she says she don't want you... ON SCREEN TEXT: She don't want you LILA: And you're feeling at your lowest... Young Lila lays on a couch and fiddles with stickers on the wood panel walls. LILA: Most broken and lost, you will find a way. Young Lila sits up and stands up from the couch. LILA: You will find a way. ON SCREEN TEXT: You will find a way Young Lila looks out the window. LILA: Safe from the dark places and the troubles that chase you. Lila looks up from the journal. LILA: You will find a way. Close-up shot of the journal on her lap. LILA: Where you will learn your sexuality is not a curse. Lila walks down the sidewalk towards the camera. LILA: Where negative thoughts won't cloud your mind. Lila opens a door into the living room and walks in. LILA: Where nothing will hurt your spirit... ON SCREEN TEXT: Where nothing will hurt your spirit... Young Lila walks down the sidewalk, carrying the journal. LILA: Or your body. ON SCREEN TEXT: or YOUR BODY Lila sits on the couch in the living room and holds the journal. LILA: Yours to protect and anything toxic, you'll reject. ON SCREEN TEXT: Toxic, you'll reject Young Lila walks down the sidewalk in front of a fence. LILA: Including cigarettes that can damage nearly every part of your body. ON SCREEN TEXT: Cigarettes can damage nearly every part of your body Lila walks down the sidewalk in front of a fence in the opposite direction as Young Lila. Young Lila looks up at a brick building. LILA: Little Lila... Young Lila looks to the right. Light streams through small perforated holes. LILA: You have found your voice... Lila stands with her eyes closed. LILA: And you are already on your way home. A page of the journal is shown. ON SCREEN TEXT: Dear little Lila, Young Lila looks into the camera. ON SCREEN TEXT: Love, Lila The screen is covered by pink paint streaks. The This Free Life logo appears, along with white text. ON SCREEN TEXT: This Free Life ON SCREEN TEXT: FREEDOM TO BE, TOBACCO-FREE. ON SCREEN TEXT: VISIT US @ThisFreeLife ANNOUNCER: This Free Life, freedom to be tobacco-free. For any more help, please email tobaccocampaigns@fda.hhs.gov

“You will find a way.”

- Lila J.

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“Take a breath. Listen to your body.”

- Chloe L.

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“Loving yourself is not a weakness.”

- Rob K.

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“Never. Miss. A. Step.”

- Kentrell C.

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People using screen readers may not be able to fully view information in this file. The content for this video is: Lila walks on the sidewalk past a dark sheet draped over a fence. Somber instrumental music plays. ON SCREEN TEXT: A LETTER TO MY YOUNGER SELF... ON SCREEN TEXT: BY LILA J. - SPOKEN WORD POET PROUD MEMBER OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY A close-up shot shows Lila turning the pages of a journal. ON SCREEN TEXT: LILA: Little Lila... Dear little Lila, When she says she don't want you, And you're the most broken and lost. You will find a way Lila stands in front of a fence in a city. LILA: When she says she don't want you... ON SCREEN TEXT: She don't want you LILA: And you're feeling at your lowest... Young Lila lays on a couch and fiddles with stickers on the wood panel walls. LILA: Most broken and lost, you will find a way. Young Lila sits up and stands up from the couch. LILA: You will find a way. ON SCREEN TEXT: You will find a way Young Lila looks out the window. LILA: Safe from the dark places and the troubles that chase you. Lila looks up from the journal. LILA: You will find a way. Close-up shot of the journal on her lap. LILA: Where you will learn your sexuality is not a curse. Lila walks down the sidewalk towards the camera. LILA: Where negative thoughts won't cloud your mind. Lila opens a door into the living room and walks in. LILA: Where nothing will hurt your spirit... ON SCREEN TEXT: Where nothing will hurt your spirit... Young Lila walks down the sidewalk, carrying the journal. LILA: Or your body. ON SCREEN TEXT: or YOUR BODY Lila sits on the couch in the living room and holds the journal. LILA: Yours to protect and anything toxic, you'll reject. ON SCREEN TEXT: Toxic, you'll reject Young Lila walks down the sidewalk in front of a fence. LILA: Including cigarettes that can damage nearly every part of your body. ON SCREEN TEXT: Cigarettes can damage nearly every part of your body Lila walks down the sidewalk in front of a fence in the opposite direction as Young Lila. Young Lila looks up at a brick building. LILA: Little Lila... Young Lila looks to the right. Light streams through small perforated holes. LILA: You have found your voice... Lila stands with her eyes closed. LILA: And you are already on your way home. A page of the journal is shown. ON SCREEN TEXT: Dear little Lila, Young Lila looks into the camera. ON SCREEN TEXT: Love, Lila The screen is covered by pink paint streaks. The This Free Life logo appears, along with white text. ON SCREEN TEXT: This Free Life ON SCREEN TEXT: FREEDOM TO BE, TOBACCO-FREE. ON SCREEN TEXT: VISIT US @ThisFreeLife ANNOUNCER: This Free Life, freedom to be tobacco-free. For any more help, please email tobaccocampaigns@fda.hhs.gov

“You will find a way.” - Lila J.

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People using screen readers may not be able to fully view information in this file. The content for this video is: Lila walks on the sidewalk past a dark sheet draped over a fence. Somber instrumental music plays. ON SCREEN TEXT: A LETTER TO MY YOUNGER SELF... ON SCREEN TEXT: BY LILA J. - SPOKEN WORD POET PROUD MEMBER OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY A close-up shot shows Lila turning the pages of a journal. ON SCREEN TEXT: LILA: Little Lila... Dear little Lila, When she says she don't want you, And you're the most broken and lost. You will find a way Lila stands in front of a fence in a city. LILA: When she says she don't want you... ON SCREEN TEXT: She don't want you LILA: And you're feeling at your lowest... Young Lila lays on a couch and fiddles with stickers on the wood panel walls. LILA: Most broken and lost, you will find a way. Young Lila sits up and stands up from the couch. LILA: You will find a way. ON SCREEN TEXT: You will find a way Young Lila looks out the window. LILA: Safe from the dark places and the troubles that chase you. Lila looks up from the journal. LILA: You will find a way. Close-up shot of the journal on her lap. LILA: Where you will learn your sexuality is not a curse. Lila walks down the sidewalk towards the camera. LILA: Where negative thoughts won't cloud your mind. Lila opens a door into the living room and walks in. LILA: Where nothing will hurt your spirit... ON SCREEN TEXT: Where nothing will hurt your spirit... Young Lila walks down the sidewalk, carrying the journal. LILA: Or your body. ON SCREEN TEXT: or YOUR BODY Lila sits on the couch in the living room and holds the journal. LILA: Yours to protect and anything toxic, you'll reject. ON SCREEN TEXT: Toxic, you'll reject Young Lila walks down the sidewalk in front of a fence. LILA: Including cigarettes that can damage nearly every part of your body. ON SCREEN TEXT: Cigarettes can damage nearly every part of your body Lila walks down the sidewalk in front of a fence in the opposite direction as Young Lila. Young Lila looks up at a brick building. LILA: Little Lila... Young Lila looks to the right. Light streams through small perforated holes. LILA: You have found your voice... Lila stands with her eyes closed. LILA: And you are already on your way home. A page of the journal is shown. ON SCREEN TEXT: Dear little Lila, Young Lila looks into the camera. ON SCREEN TEXT: Love, Lila The screen is covered by pink paint streaks. The This Free Life logo appears, along with white text. ON SCREEN TEXT: This Free Life ON SCREEN TEXT: FREEDOM TO BE, TOBACCO-FREE. ON SCREEN TEXT: VISIT US @ThisFreeLife ANNOUNCER: This Free Life, freedom to be tobacco-free. For any more help, please email tobaccocampaigns@fda.hhs.gov

“Take a breath. Listen to your body.” - Chloe L.

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People using screen readers may not be able to fully view information in this file. The content for this video is: Lila walks on the sidewalk past a dark sheet draped over a fence. Somber instrumental music plays. ON SCREEN TEXT: A LETTER TO MY YOUNGER SELF... ON SCREEN TEXT: BY LILA J. - SPOKEN WORD POET PROUD MEMBER OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY A close-up shot shows Lila turning the pages of a journal. ON SCREEN TEXT: LILA: Little Lila... Dear little Lila, When she says she don't want you, And you're the most broken and lost. You will find a way Lila stands in front of a fence in a city. LILA: When she says she don't want you... ON SCREEN TEXT: She don't want you LILA: And you're feeling at your lowest... Young Lila lays on a couch and fiddles with stickers on the wood panel walls. LILA: Most broken and lost, you will find a way. Young Lila sits up and stands up from the couch. LILA: You will find a way. ON SCREEN TEXT: You will find a way Young Lila looks out the window. LILA: Safe from the dark places and the troubles that chase you. Lila looks up from the journal. LILA: You will find a way. Close-up shot of the journal on her lap. LILA: Where you will learn your sexuality is not a curse. Lila walks down the sidewalk towards the camera. LILA: Where negative thoughts won't cloud your mind. Lila opens a door into the living room and walks in. LILA: Where nothing will hurt your spirit... ON SCREEN TEXT: Where nothing will hurt your spirit... Young Lila walks down the sidewalk, carrying the journal. LILA: Or your body. ON SCREEN TEXT: or YOUR BODY Lila sits on the couch in the living room and holds the journal. LILA: Yours to protect and anything toxic, you'll reject. ON SCREEN TEXT: Toxic, you'll reject Young Lila walks down the sidewalk in front of a fence. LILA: Including cigarettes that can damage nearly every part of your body. ON SCREEN TEXT: Cigarettes can damage nearly every part of your body Lila walks down the sidewalk in front of a fence in the opposite direction as Young Lila. Young Lila looks up at a brick building. LILA: Little Lila... Young Lila looks to the right. Light streams through small perforated holes. LILA: You have found your voice... Lila stands with her eyes closed. LILA: And you are already on your way home. A page of the journal is shown. ON SCREEN TEXT: Dear little Lila, Young Lila looks into the camera. ON SCREEN TEXT: Love, Lila The screen is covered by pink paint streaks. The This Free Life logo appears, along with white text. ON SCREEN TEXT: This Free Life ON SCREEN TEXT: FREEDOM TO BE, TOBACCO-FREE. ON SCREEN TEXT: VISIT US @ThisFreeLife ANNOUNCER: This Free Life, freedom to be tobacco-free. For any more help, please email tobaccocampaigns@fda.hhs.gov

“Loving yourself is not a weakness.” - Rob K.

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People using screen readers may not be able to fully view information in this file. The content for this video is: Lila walks on the sidewalk past a dark sheet draped over a fence. Somber instrumental music plays. ON SCREEN TEXT: A LETTER TO MY YOUNGER SELF... ON SCREEN TEXT: BY LILA J. - SPOKEN WORD POET PROUD MEMBER OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY A close-up shot shows Lila turning the pages of a journal. ON SCREEN TEXT: LILA: Little Lila... Dear little Lila, When she says she don't want you, And you're the most broken and lost. You will find a way Lila stands in front of a fence in a city. LILA: When she says she don't want you... ON SCREEN TEXT: She don't want you LILA: And you're feeling at your lowest... Young Lila lays on a couch and fiddles with stickers on the wood panel walls. LILA: Most broken and lost, you will find a way. Young Lila sits up and stands up from the couch. LILA: You will find a way. ON SCREEN TEXT: You will find a way Young Lila looks out the window. LILA: Safe from the dark places and the troubles that chase you. Lila looks up from the journal. LILA: You will find a way. Close-up shot of the journal on her lap. LILA: Where you will learn your sexuality is not a curse. Lila walks down the sidewalk towards the camera. LILA: Where negative thoughts won't cloud your mind. Lila opens a door into the living room and walks in. LILA: Where nothing will hurt your spirit... ON SCREEN TEXT: Where nothing will hurt your spirit... Young Lila walks down the sidewalk, carrying the journal. LILA: Or your body. ON SCREEN TEXT: or YOUR BODY Lila sits on the couch in the living room and holds the journal. LILA: Yours to protect and anything toxic, you'll reject. ON SCREEN TEXT: Toxic, you'll reject Young Lila walks down the sidewalk in front of a fence. LILA: Including cigarettes that can damage nearly every part of your body. ON SCREEN TEXT: Cigarettes can damage nearly every part of your body Lila walks down the sidewalk in front of a fence in the opposite direction as Young Lila. Young Lila looks up at a brick building. LILA: Little Lila... Young Lila looks to the right. Light streams through small perforated holes. LILA: You have found your voice... Lila stands with her eyes closed. LILA: And you are already on your way home. A page of the journal is shown. ON SCREEN TEXT: Dear little Lila, Young Lila looks into the camera. ON SCREEN TEXT: Love, Lila The screen is covered by pink paint streaks. The This Free Life logo appears, along with white text. ON SCREEN TEXT: This Free Life ON SCREEN TEXT: FREEDOM TO BE, TOBACCO-FREE. ON SCREEN TEXT: VISIT US @ThisFreeLife ANNOUNCER: This Free Life, freedom to be tobacco-free. For any more help, please email tobaccocampaigns@fda.hhs.gov

“Never. Miss. A. Step.” - Kentrell C.