On the run up to no smoking day on March 9 and on the day itself, North East Lincolnshire Council are encouraging children and young people to take part in #don’t smoke, won’t smoke, a local campaign which hopes to inspire a smokefree generation by 2025.
In North East Lincolnshire, the number of 11-16 year olds who smoke is dramatically lowering each year. In 2015, only five percent (one in twenty) smoked – this is compared to nine percent in 2004. The aim is by 2025 for that percentage to be at zero, meaning a generation of non-smokers.
#don’t smoke, won’t smoke asks children, young people, schools and groups across the area to make personal or group pledges on why they want to stop smoking, this can be from painting a picture, taking a selfie, or simply explaining why they are backing the campaign.
Schools can then upload their pledges onto the Breathe2025 website, a new innovative campaign that recognises more needs to be done so children can grow up in a place of clean air and bright futures. Breathe2025 allows schools, communities and organisations to upload pledges onto the website, allowing schools to commit to the pledge.
The best school and individual pledges in North East Lincolnshire received by no smoking day will be awarded a school or individual prize. The competition will close on March 11 to allow all ideas to be uploaded onto the website.
Teen smokefree and ‘Reasons not to smoke’ posters have also been sent to schools, with powerful quotes and messages that range from health reasons to personal experiences. The messages are there help make teenagers aware of the dangers smoking has on their bodies and those around them.
Cllr Hyldon-King, portfolio holder for health and wellbeing said: “It’s great that there are campaigns in the area to try and get young people to stop smoking. The Breathe 2025 website is a great idea and making a pledge on the website is so easy and quick to do. I would encourage all schools to take part and help contribute to our aim of achieving a generation of young people in our area where no one under 16 smokes.“
“Its great news that we have seen a huge reduction in young people smoking in our area and we want to do everything we can to give all young people the best chance of having a long and healthy life by never starting to smoke.”
To make a pledge, or for more information please visit www.breathe2025.org.uk.