TV’s Art Attack presenter, Lloyd Warbey, is encouraging schools in Hertfordshire to get their pupils involved in a national poster competition which is to be judged by the head of No Smoking Day on March 12.
Children between the ages of six and 12 are being asked to get creative and start designing posters which bring the campaign’s “V for Victory” theme alive, as it gets set to inspire hundreds of thousands of people to win the battle against cigarettes and give them up for good.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) which runs the campaign is encouraging teachers to use the poster competition as an opportunity to talk to their pupils about the dangers of smoking and addiction from an early age.
Around 200,000 children and young people in England start smoking each year while almost half of regular smokers will die because of their addiction to tobacco. This highlights the importance of spreading messages as early as possible about the risks.
The winning pupil will receive a t-shirt sporting their own poster design and £200 worth of vouchers for their school, which is almost as much as an average smoker will spend on cigarettes in a month.
Schools can take part by visiting www.nosmokingday.org.uk