Kilkenny youth club wins gong

FOROIGE The Drum Youth Centre have been recognised for their work in fighting the tobacco industry by the Irish Cancer Society.

FOROIGE The Drum Youth Centre have been recognised for their work in fighting the tobacco industry by the Irish Cancer Society.

The youth group were presented with the accolade for ‘Most Socially Relevant Film’ for their film Kill Smoke which was recognised for addressing the issue of whether smoking should be made illegal for people under the age of 18. 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’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. Foróige The Drum Youth Centre received a grant of €3,000 from the Irish Cancer Society to develop the project.Kevin O’Hagan, Health Promotion Manager at the Irish Cancer Society said: “With over half of smokers starting to smoke between the ages of 15 and 18 years of age, it is vital young people are made aware of the impact which the decision to smoke can have on their life. It has been encouraging to see how engaged and passionate Foroige The Drum Youth Centre are in spreading the message to their peers not to start smoking. We congratulate them on their achievement at the X-HALE Youth Awards 2012.”

The film projects from this week’s national event can be viewed online, visit:http://www.cancer.ie/xhale-2012-vote.