Friday, 7 November 2008

I moved on to Lawnswood School to attend the launch of an innovative and creative approach to stopping young people smoking...

NHS Leeds, the Primary Care Trust, in partnership with Education Leeds and three secondary schools; Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, Lawnswood School and Ralph Thoresby High School. A comprehensive strategy has been developed to help young people steer clear of the habit that is still the greatest cause of illness and preventable death. The twelve week programme looks at both prevention and cessation and involves help and advice, a curriculum programme aimed at Years 7 and 8, staff training, family support and interactive theatre.

I hope that this wonderful project will help us further develop progarmmes across the city to help young people avoid smoking in the first place s well s helping those on the habit to give up.

The whole school, whole community approach will be followed up by NHS Leeds and Education Leeds to maintain the incentives over the school year.

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