Youth groups shine light on killer disease

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

A CAMPAIGNING group of students from Moyross have received a national award for their efforts to encourage others to give up smoking.

A CAMPAIGNING group of students from Moyross have received a national award for their efforts to encourage others to give up smoking.

The RESIN+STEPS Youth Group was recognised for its work in fighting the tobacco industry by the Irish Cancer Society. The youth group were presented with two accolades at the X-Hale Youth Awards - for delivering the ‘Best Quitting Message’ for their film A Day in the Life of a Smoker and also received the online award following weeks of voting by the public for their film, which was live on the Irish Cancer Society website.

They were part of 270 young people from across Ireland who attended the Irish Cancer Society’s X-HALE Youth Awards 2012 at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin where their various film projects were showcased.

Recent figures show that Irish people start smoking at a younger age (16.4 years) than any of their European counterparts.

The films can be viewed at Cancer.ie.