This school-based smoking prevention project aims to de-normalise smoking and to delay or prevent the onset of smoking in young people.
Smoking is an important lifestyle-related health determinant and this project aims to support Community strategies on the reduction of smoking in Europe by developing and networking a prevention activity focusing on the school setting.
The project targets pupils aged 11–14 with emphasis on young people from low economic backgrounds as they have a higher risk of commencing smoking. The project is carried out as a competition, in which classes commit themselves not to smoke for a period of up to six months. Classes that refrain from smoking can win a number of attractive prizes. The international prize is a class trip to one of the other participating countries. All participating countries produce their own materials and involve health authorities in their countries. In most of the countries the programme is actively supported and promoted by the ministries of education and health, and other health authorities.
The project will:
organise a ‘Smoke-free class competition’;
encourage school classes to carry out health promotion activities within the competition;
support the exchange of information and good practice among Member States;
contribute to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (Article 12) on establishing and offering broad access to effective and comprehensive educational tobacco control programmes.