Prevention project launches to tackle young smokers

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Health campaigners have visited a high school in Sudbury as part of the launch of a new service to discourage young people from smoking.

The Live Well Suffolk initiative – called CTRL Z – comes after figures from the Suffolk Observatory indicated that the number of 11 to 15-year-olds who admitted smoking was 1.3 per cent higher than the UK average.

Members of the new initiative visited Thomas Gainsborough School where they carried out carbon monoxide tests to educate students on the harmful chemicals produced by smoking.

Live Well Suffolk’s Anna Keane said: “Not only are we aiming to inspire and empower young people not to get involved in smoking, we can also work with those who have taken up the habit to cut down and quit.”

The CTRL Z team aims to deploy their message through schools and youth clubs with workshops, anti-tobacco campaigns and training for ambassadors.