December 6 2013 Latest news:
Dozens of youngsters mingled in the glitz and glamour of London’s film scene last Thursday at a ceremony to reward efforts to create their own anti-smoking films.
The government was today accused of “backtracking on public health” by omitting a pledge to bring in plain packaging for cigarettes from last week’s Queen’s Speech.
Not including measures aimed at discouraging people from smoking in today’s Queen’s Speech does not mean they have been abandoned, the health secretary has said.
Senior doctors have urged the government introduce plain packaging rules for tobacco products to “remove misconceptions that some brands are ‘safer’ than others”.
The Deborah Hutton Campaign’s youth anti-tobacco film-making competition received 213 entries nationwide this year, smashing last year’s 76. Here some young Londoners talk about their films and why you should vote for them.
A prominent pollster has suggested the only argument made by opponents of plain packaging for tobacco products is that that the “industry doesn’t like it”.
Reporter Sebastian Mann visited Abbey Manor pupil referral unit in Lewisham to see what peer-to-peer film competition Cut Films is doing to change young people’s attitudes to smoking.
One in four young people who gave up smoking last year said the ban on displaying tobacco products in large shops helped them quit, a survey has found.
Last year’s winner of the Deborah Hutton Campaign’s Cut Films competition, Chloe Wilson, talks to London24 reporter Sebastian Mann about her film to put young people off smoking, sitting on this year’s judging panel, and why she kicked the habit.
Charlie Stebbings is the founder of the peer-to-peer smoking prevention charity, the Deborah Hutton Campaign. Three weeks ahead of the closing date for their Cut Films competition, he writes about how the charity came about.