A GROUP of young people in Carlow have been awarded by the Irish Cancer Society for their short film on the dangers of smoking.
Carlow Regional Youth Services were presented with the 'Best Community Documentary' award for their film 'Don't be the reason someone else starts smoking'. They were part of 270 young people from across Ireland who attended the Irish Cancer Society's X-HALE Youth Awards 2012 at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin.
' The Irish Cancer Society is committed to reducing the numbers of young people smoking in Ireland and the XHALE Youth Awards play an important role in terms of both educating and creating awareness among the next generation in this regard,' said John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society.
'We cannot afford to ignore these latest figures which demonstrate why we have engaged with young people and educated them about the lethal effects of smoking before the tobacco industry reaches them.
'Following recent figures from the European Commission's Eurobarometer which revealed that Irish people start smoking at a younger age (16.4 years) than any of their European counterparts, youth groups from seven counties were keen to put their projects on the big screen to create awareness around the harmful effects of smoking.'
The X-HALE Film Premiere is part of the Irish Cancer Society's X-HALE Youth Awards, an initiative which aims to empower young people to address the issue of smoking in their own communities. The Oscar-themed event, which took place in the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin, saw 14youth groups send a rallying call to their peers about the impact of smoking, all through the medium of film. The film can be viewed online at http://www.cancer.ie/xhale-2012-vote.