On 27th February Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation launched a new report New issues and age-old challenges: a review of young people’s relationship with tobacco.
The report is calling on the Government to publish a new tobacco control strategy to support local authorities and charities to further decrease the uptake of smoking in young people.
The event started with Professor Amanda Amos giving a very comprehensive update on where things stand at the moment with young people and tobacco and what challenges and opportunities we can expect to have in the future. We were surprised to find out that only 40 papers exist on youth smoking since 1995 in the world! Great to hear that research suggests that the gap in smoking inequality is closing.
Professor Marcus Munafò then talked about smoking and mental health. It was very interesting to hear about the research into how the mental health of a child can be affected if their mother smoked while pregnant. Hearing about the emerging research that smoking can lead to schizophrenia was especially interesting.
We then presented the work that we do on tackling youth smoking. Stacey spoke about how Cut Films works, the film competition and our Shisha Awareness project. Josh introduced our Look After Young Lungs project and did an interesting breathing exercise to imitate COPD. The audience participated in some of the activities that we do at our workshops and it was fun to see adults are just as interested in celebrities as young people! Then we had Zaboor Chaudhry from our youth panel talk about his experience with Cut Films, the opportunities and experiences he’s been able to have on the EU Smokefree Youth Exchange. It was great to have one of our young people advocate the work we do!
To find out more or read the report contact us or go to roycastle.org/youth