A teenager has teamed up with a film company to judge a competition that will raise awareness about the dangers of smoking.
The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation recently launched a new report called New Issues And Age-Old Challenges: A Review Of Young People’s Relationship With Tobacco.
The report, which was launched in central London with presentations by professor Amanda Amos and professor Marcus Munafo, is calling on the government to release the new tobacco strategy, which has not been updated since 2010.
During the event on February 27, Cut Films, the Education and Prevention Arm of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation presented their ideas on how to cut down on tobaccos usage.
Some of their ideas included holding a national short film competition that will focus on how smoking harms health.
Zaboor Chaudhry, from Harrow, is a member of the Cut Films Youth Panel and is a judge for the national competition this year.
The 18-year-old, who also gave a presentation about his work with Cut Films, said: “Luckily I never started smoking and Cut Films has helped keep it that way.”
Paula Chadwick, chief executive of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, explained the reason behind the anti-smoking initiative.
She said: “Public health budgets in local authorities are facing unprecedented cut. We need early intervention and we need to be cost-effective.”
The deadline for the National Cut Films competition is May 19 2017.
If you want to submit your own video or find out more about the dangers of tobacco, visit: cutfilms.org