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QEII pupils win ‘No Smoking Day’ Secondary School Challenge 7 July 2005

    Eight pupils from QEII High School, Peel, and their Youth and Community Worker, Katy Watt, have been selected as the winners of a Secondary School Challenge, which was set by Health Promotion for ‘No Smoking Day’. The Award was presented by the Member for Health, Phil Gawne, MHK.

    The Secondary School Challenge encouraged students to be actively involved in No Smoking Day, and to develop their own creative ideas, with the support and assistance of their Youth and Community Workers. Groups were provided with a ‘No Smoking Day’ resource pack and some ideas to help them progress.

    Anita Imberger, Health Promotion Officer said

    "We are delighted to award the pupils from QEII High School our No Smoking Day prize. They were selected because of their ongoing efforts looking at smoking related issues both within the school and across the Island. They developed their ideas as a group, and have continued to work together on the project over several months, gaining much experience soliciting the public’s views on a very topical issue"

    As well as creating a striking No Smoking Day display at their school, the group used the day as an opportunity to canvass students’ views about smoking in public places, and whether they feel it is the Government’s responsibility to protect people’s health. In one lunchtime, they received 187 signatures in support of banning smoking in public places.

    They also extended their work into the community by approaching the public and asking for their views on smoking in public places. They covered Douglas, Ramsey, St Johns, and Castletown, and also interviewed the licensees of four pubs and one pub/restaurant. The group were very surprised that only two people felt that it was not the Government’s responsibility to protect people’s health, and that the majority of people felt that a ban in public places would be acceptable and encouraged. The students are still collecting signatures and are currently producing a report on the findings.

    Phil Gawne, MHK, Member for Health said,

    “It is really encouraging to see that the Island’s young people are actively taking a role in their communities to prevent smoking. The hard work from all entrants in this challenge is truly admirable, they are a great example for not only young people but for all Manx residents. Therefore I am very proud to present this award to the winners of ‘No Smoking Day’ Secondary School Challenge.”

    7th July 2005

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