How do you best convey the anti-smoking message to younger children? This was one of the challenges faced by Lewisham’s stop smoking service which led to a Smoke free poster competition being run jointly by Lewisham PCT and the Council to raise awareness of the harms of smoking.
Unlike other anti smoking campaigns focussing on the harm to health, it was decided that Lewisham school children should be asked to consider the environmental consequences and with staggering facts like;
- it takes one tree to produce the paper for 300 cigarettes,
- 200 million cigarette butts are dropped throughout the world each day, making cigarettes butts the most littered item in the world and,
- each butt can take 12 years to biodegrade
It was obvious why the boroughs children seized the opportunity to take part.
We received around 100 entries from Lewisham children and judging was undertaken by Cllr Susan Wise, Cabinet member for Customer Services and Claire Goldie who works with the Lewisham Smokefree service.
Entries were of a really high standard and the winner- Katie Makulska of St William of York Primary School had her winning design printed and displayed on the side of a Recycling vehicle.
A selection of the entries are also being showcased throughout the boroughs libraries and leisure centres and can be found at:
- Wavelengths, Deptford for two weeks
- Bellingham Leisure Centre from this week and
- Downham library from June 26th to July 10th
There are also plans to take the display to Deptford Lounge in August.
If you are thinking about stopping smoking and want some further advice or support, why not contact Lewisham’s Smokefree service by calling 0800 0820 388. You can also get more information on what’s on offer by visiting their website at; http://www.smokefreelewisham.co.uk