Granard Youth Club, based at Lús na Greine, has won the prize for the best health effects film at the Irish Cancer Society X-HALE Youth Awards 2016.
The group scooped the award for its short film “Say No!” which was showcased at the recent event in the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield.
Over 300 young people came together to showcase their anti-tobacco films and projects which they have created to contribute towards establishing Ireland’s first smoke-free generation.
X-HALE is an initiative of the Irish Cancer Society which aims to empower young people to work towards reducing smoking among their generation, by raising awareness about the dangers of smoking and encouraging their peers to be smoke free.
Kevin O’Hagan, Cancer Prevention Manager at the Irish Cancer Society said: “I would like to congratulate Granard Youth Club for making a positive impact on their health and that of their peers.
“They have been recognised for exceptional effort in their project. We need to look at what Granard Youth Club Lús na Greine and the rest of the #theXgeneration are saying. They can be Ireland’s first smoke-free generation and they are telling us in their own way that the time is up for the tobacco industry in this country.
“They are educated on the issue of smoking and are refusing to let their health be affected by tobacco.”
The rate of smoking among young people in Ireland has seen continuous decline in recent years.
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