SMOKING costs a lot of money and is bad for your health but despite this thousands of Irish people still puff away.
However, a group of entrepreneurial students at Nagle Rice in Doneraile set up their own company, 'Butt Out Ltd', and wowed the judges at last week's North Cork Enterprise Board schools enterprise regional final and won the best mini-company.
Teacher Brian Coleman explained that the concept grew from a brainstorming session, which included fellow teacher Jonathan Travers. They felt that a campaign highlighting the dangers of smoking, as well as a highly active educational perspective, would be a winning formula.
The 10 TY students also gave the idea the thumbs up and soon all were busy coming up with attractive wrist bands and their logo, 'trash the ash'. An anti-smoking competition saw Sarah Jane Lehane and Sarah O'Driscoll reveal their winning formula of 'Don't light it - fight it.'
An anti-smoking package was also designed for schoolclasses.
The budding entrepreneurs are now heading for the All Ireland Enterprise final in April 17.
Sharon O'Brien, company secretary of 'Butt Out Ltd,' said a lot of hard work went into the company but said that everyone worked as a team. "We're delighted with the win and felt it was a very worthwhile project," she said.
The TY students are also going to donate a percentage of their profits to the Irish Cancer Society.
* See next week's edition for full results from the regional finals.