Action Against Drugs, Tobacco and Alcohol Award 2014 

‘Creating a world where young people choose not to smoke’ 
Falla Hill Primary School, Livingston 
Nominated by: Angela Jenkins 
This project began as an event a couple of years ago to raise awareness about No Smoking Day, stimulate smokers into action and highlight services that smokers could access should they wish to quit. 
 
Local schools took part in workshops which followed up with evaluation sessions. One of the schools, Falla Hill Primary School, developed a stop smoking play which they performed to their community. “This was so very powerful and thought provoking we were so disappointed we hadn’t been able to professionally film it and use it elsewhere. The following year the school carried out their own initiative for No Smoking Day but we were constantly reminded of how successful that play was,” commented Angela Jenkins in nominating the project. 
 
 
Falla Hill Primary School
Funding was eventually found and the primary 6 class were approached and asked if they would support the development of a DVD called ‘To create a world where young people chose not to smoke’. 
 
“It was obvious from the start that this was going to develop into something exciting that would impact the community. The pupils were extremely driven and so very excited about the prospect of all this with lots of ideas and community issues to do with tobacco. So as well as developing this educational resource, the pupils wanted to share their knowledge by putting on an exhibition and look at how they could make their playparks a smokefree zone,” explained Angela. 
 
As well as organising events to highlight the effects of smoking, pupils wrote to their local councillor to raise concerns over teenagers smoking in their local park. 
 
This project has impacted the whole school and the wider community with over 200 people being engaged through the events and 42 referrals to the Stop Smoking Service. Pupils are continuing to work with their local councillor in order to address smoking in their local park. The DVD and schools pack is currently in development as budding actors from Falla Hill film scenes in preparation for the September launch. This resource will be made available to all West Lothian schools and the regeneration team will support any community action that arises as a result of this. 
 
“We will be looking for this resource to be used within all West Lothian primary schools and hope that this will spur on future community youth champions,” added Angela. 
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