CIEH awards prizes to school children for their no-smoking artwork

School children across the Yorkshire and Humber region were recently awarded prizes by the CIEH in appreciation of their vibrant no-smoking artwork which featured in a CIEH guidance document. 

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Poster designed by Cali from Tockwith Church of England Primary 

On Monday 14 December, dignitaries from Leeds City Council presented prizes to children from schools across the region who were winners in a competition, run in conjunction with the Yorkshire Evening Post, to design a poster urging people not to smoke near areas where children play.

On the same day, the CIEH’s Principal Policy Officer Ian Gray also visited the schools where he rewarded children with book tokens for their no-smoking artwork which featured in the CIEH’s guidance document to protect children from secondhand smoke in motor vehicles.

Winners included:

  • Poppy Dalton, Year 3, Kippax Ash Tree Primary School, Kippax, Leeds
  • Libby Atuy, Year 4, Kippax Ash Tree Primary School, Kippax, Leeds
  • Tia Hollifield, Year 2, Beechwood Primary School, Seacroft, Leeds
  • Cali Evans, Year 4, Tockwith Church of England Primary School, York
  • Charlie Thom, Year 5, Green Lane Primary Academy, Garforth, Leeds

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A poster by Poppy from Kippax Ash Tree Primary School 

New legislation came into force in England on 1 October 2015, which made it illegal to smoke in motor vehicles when children and young people are present. The CIEH’s guidance document, which included the children’s artwork, was published in September to help officials in England enforce the new legislation.

Ian Gray, who visited three schools on the day, said: “I was surprised to find that the vast majority of children travelled to school in a motor vehicle which is usually the family car.

“They all clearly understood that smoking causes harm to health and I was encouraged that designing something as simple as a poster has helped the children have the confidence to speak up for themselves if someone is  smoking in a vehicle in which they are present.”

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