Four primary schools win iPads in anti-smoking competition

Snap The Cig photo competition winners (l-r) Harvey Johnston of Brackenagh West PS, Sarah Rasdale of St Ninnidh’s PS, Chloe Porter of Duneane PS and Ben Dougherty of Garvagh PS

FOUR Northern Ireland schools have won new iPads thanks to the Snap The Cig photo competition run by charity Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.

Brackenagh West PS in Kilkeel, St Ninnidh's in Derryline, Duneane in Toomebridge and Garvagh Primary School were all winners in the campaign for a smoke free future.

Entrants were asked to Snapchat a photo with a blow-up cigarette – the 'Big Cig' – to highlight the 'Don't Smoke' message. The aim was to encourage as many children as possible to get behind the anti-smoking campaign.

Hundreds of P6 and P7 pupils entered the competition run by the leading local charity with the support of the Public Health Agency (PHA) as part of the multi-agency Tobacco Control strategy in Northern Ireland

Gerry McElwee, Head of Cancer Prevention at Cancer Focus NI, said: "We were delighted with the enthusiasm and creativity of the young people who are all members of our Smokebusters programme.

"We can clearly see that many are aware of the dangers of smoking and the benefits of staying smoke-free, which is excellent news."

:: If you want Cancer Focus NI to visit your school please call the charity on 028 9066 3281.

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