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New campaign to tackle smoking in Whittlesea

Date posted: 12 November 2015

Thomastown West Primary School has partnered with the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service and the Whittlesea Council (Healthy Whittlesea Together) to get school children engaged in a campaign to tackle tobacco use.

According to a 2011-12 population health survey, the Whittlesea municipality has the fourth highest rate of smokers in metropolitan Melbourne. The campaign hopes to tackle this figure by creating colourful 'smoke free zone' posters to put up around school.

Thomastown West Primary School Principal, Leon Bell, said he hoped the project would deter students from smoking in adolescence. 'It's about early intervention,' he said. 'We don't want them to fall into that trap. But it's difficult for those students whose parents smoke. They face a dilemma when the school says one thing and their parents do another.'

The posters will also be on display in the Thomastown library and in other parts of the suburb.

Source: Star Weekly


Last updated: 12 November 2015
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