The work that a Ballybofey group has done in fighting the tabacco industry has been recognised by the Irish Cancer Society. Foróige The VIP Group were presented with the accolade for ‘Best message on Passive Smoking’ for their film “It’s not fair, you are still claiming our air” which was recognised for addressing the issue of second hand smoke.
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 where their various film projects were showcased.
Following recent figures from the European Commission reveal that Irish people start smoking at a younger age than any of their European counterparts.
Foróige The VIP Group received a grant of €5,000 from the Irish Cancer Society to develop the project. The CEO of the Irish Cancer Society, John McCormack said: “The Irish Cancer Society is committed to reducing the numbers of young people smoking in Ireland and the X-HALE Youth Awards play an important role in terms of both educating and creating awareness among the next generation in this regard.”
Those in attendance heard that half of the number of people who smoke start between the ages of 15 and 18.