Cigarette warning for resort’s primary school youngsters

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Town hall chiefs have written to primary schools across the resort in a bid to deter youngsters from starting smoking.

Children returning to primary school have been learning important lessons about one of Britain’s biggest killers after Blackpool Council wrote to each primary school and academy in the town with posters and information.

Children from the Mereside Blackpool Boys and Girls club have lead on the project, with pictures of the children with their own no smoking messages being used in a set of posters to go around the schools.

The campaign, which states that the best way to stop smoking is to never start, will be accompanied by a message from the council’s director of public health, as well as from a student from Stanley School, Cora Ratcliffe.

Cora’s message to the children (pictured) tells them about the work done at her school to discuss the dangers of smoking, as well as a creative poster that she made about the issue.

Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for public health, Coun Eddie Collett said: “The best way to stop smoking is to never start.

“That’s a really important message and one that we’re sending to all primary schools, in a bid to deter kids from wanting to light up later in life.

“Smoking is a big killer in Blackpool but we’re doing everything that we can to reverse the trend and create healthier communities.” One school to already back the campaign is St John’s Primary School.

Headteacher at the school, Sandra Hall, said: “Children being proactive about a healthy lifestyle and influencing their peers is fantastic and should be celebrated.

“The pack and posters are really effective in getting a really important message about smoking across to children in their formative years when it can make a difference.

“We are using them 
already.”

The move comes after stop smoking campaigns in Blackpool led to more than 300 people giving up last year.