Pupils’ posters to stub cigs out

Jesmond Road pupils with their posters
Jesmond Road pupils with their posters

PRIMARY school pupils showed off their creative art skills to warn the people of Hartlepool about the dangers of smoking.

The talented children at Jesmond Road Primary School, in Hartlepool, welcomed health specialists and staff from Hartlepool United FC to the school as part of a no smoking awareness exercise.

The day was organised ahead of national No Smoking Day, which takes place tomorrow.

The youngsters learned all about the damage to the body caused by smoking and demonstrated this in their own posters.

Their artwork was set to be posted around the town to try and encourage people to stay away from smoking or to try and get smokers to stop.

Scott Chapman, specialist stop smoking advisor for the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, went along to the school to speak to the children.

Scott said: “It really is absolutely vital to let the children know about the dangers of smoking at a young age.

“If you stop someone thinking about smoking it is a lot easier than stopping them from smoking if they have started.

“The pupils were absolutely brilliant and they are all very aware of the dangers.”

Ronnie Rowbotham, the education officer for Hartlepool United, said: “Activities like this are so useful in pointing out the dangers of smoking.

“Sport can be a great means of keeping youngsters away from smoking.

“We are pleased to be involved and I have been very impressed with the work of the children.”

Nine-year old Olivia Ramsay, a year five pupil at the school, was one of the youngsters involved.

Olivia said: “Learning about the dangers of smoking has been really interesting.

“I obviously knew that smoking wasn’t good for you but we have learnt that every cigarette you smoke can take 40 seconds off your life.

“We have also learnt about the problems smoking can cause for your health in the future.”

Steven Carter, workplace health improvement specialist for Hartlepool Borough Council, who organised the event, said: “I was very pleased with how it went.

“What we wanted to do was address the dangers of smoking and target young people.

“The children demonstrated real maturity and the posters they sent around the town were fantastic.”