Stub it out for your health and ours! – that is the blunt message sent out from pupils who entered the East Glasgow Primary Schools' No Smoking Day Poster competition.
And the young winners will have their artistic efforts rewarded at a prize-giving ceremony being held on Wednesday, March 1, at 11.45am in the Satinwood Suite, Glasgow City Chambers.
The competition was organised by Karen Drysdale, East Glasgow Young People and Tobacco Training Co-ordinator at Easterhouse Health Centre.
Primary six and seven pupils from all the local New Learning Communities were invited to design a poster around smoking and tobacco issues.
Karen said: "I came up with the idea for the competition after being approached by a colleague looking for posters about the issues for display in primary schools.
"The posters we had were aimed towards adults, and not appropriate for this age group, so it was decided to challenge the youngsters themselves to come up with designs reflecting their attitudes, thoughts and beliefs about tobacco issues."
The result was 61 colourful and dramatic creations with hard-hitting slogans.
The judges, Garthamlock Councillor Catherine McMaster, Radio Clyde DJ Gina McKie, Eastbank Secondary School ,S1 pupil Barry Fleming, and Paul Marsden from Arts Project Greater Easterhouse, had the difficult task of choosing seven winners, including one overall winner.
The winning designs have been re-produced in a glossy A3 format and all 61 entries have been scanned onto a vertical display banner to be used at various events in schools and youth clubs throughout the area.
Councillor McMaster said: "It has been a pleasure to be involved in this project, all be it a difficult one, to choose from all the fantastic entries.
"In March we see a new era dawning with the introduction of the New Smoking Law and I congratulate all the pupils who have obviously entered into the spirit of the competition which I'm sure has been fun, but also educational, highlighting the issues around young people and tobacco."
Prizes of a playstation, itoy, and a voucher worth £40 for a game of their choice will be presented to the main winner, while each of the other winning entrants receive vouchers worth £50.
Professor Sir John Arburthnott, Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow, who is hosting the ceremony, said:
"All the entries show very clearly that these young people are very clear about the dangers of smoking and its effects on families.
"The images they have created will help greatly in spreading the message to their fellow pupils."
Notes to editors: Overall winner - Hannah Morton, Mt Vernon Primary.
Dean Banbridge, Thorntree Primary; Tony Owen, Wellhouse Primary; Annemarie Chattertan, Sunnyside Primary; Scott Stratton, Golfhill Primary;Dale Wallace, St Anne's Primary; Dannielle McLean, St Benedicts Primary.
East Glasgow New Learning Communities is made up of Bannerman, Eastbank, Lochend, Smithycroft. St Andrew's, St Mungo's and Whitehill Secondary Schools.
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