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Welsh teens stop smoking project reaches 1000 young people across Europe

9% of 15 to 16-year olds in Wales smoke regularly. Credit: ITV News

A stop smoking project led by Welsh teenagers has seen more than 1,100 young people across Europe take part.

The teenagers are celebrating the project's success with an event in Cardiff Bay.

Over the past two years the charity ASH Wales Cymru has been leading a project called The Filter Europe to encourage young people to quit smoking or not start in the first place.

The event, supported by Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans saw over 300 youth leaders from 6 EU countries being trained by the scheme.

A further 800 have benefitted from the education in their home countries.

As part of the project, teenagers from Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Colwyn Bay and Merthyr have worked together to create a young person-friendly toolkit.

40%
of long term smokers in the UK start before the age of 16
9%
of 15 to 16-year olds in Wales smoke regularly.
Credit: PA

The Filter Europe has seen hundreds of inspiring youth leaders,speaking many different languages and from hugely varying backgrounds working together to make this project a success.

They’ve produced a stop-smoking toolkit which is something tangible they can then take home to their communities and support their friends to quit tobacco.

– Julie Edwards, The Filter Europe

Educating young people about the harms associated with smoking can have a major impact in our aim to reduce smoking prevalence.

The Filter Europe is equipping young people with the knowledge to influence future behaviour and health outcomes.

– Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans