Helping young people to make healthy choices (including not using tobacco products) is an important part of public health. Our Health Promoter offers many opportunities for youth and young adults to be involved in education or advocacy campaigns to promote healthy, tobacco-free living. Volunteer hours, free training and exciting initiatives are just some of the great reasons to get involved.
LML “Love My Life… Tobacco Free”
Love My Life offers young people the chance to influence their environments by encouraging tobacco-free policies to promote healthy living. This campaign uses youth engagement to help develop leadership skills and health promotion messaging for peer influence.
FTI “Freeze the Industry”
Freeze the Industry is a campaign that raises awareness about ways the tobacco industry makes their products appealing to young people. They have already taken on flavours and flashy tobacco packaging. Stay tuned to see how they are helping the move towards a #TobaccoFreeGeneration.
Smoke-Free Movies raises awareness about the effects of on-screen smoking and gathers support to make future movies rated for children and youth smoke-free in Ontario. The evidence is clear that movies help the Tobacco Industry recruit new customers. The more that kids see smoking on-screen, the more likely it is that they will smoke. Strong language, nudity and violence are all considered when rating films; why isn’t smoking included?
Want to know if a movie is Smoke-Free? Check out this Smoke-Free movie database.
MyView Youth Film Festival
MyView is an excellent example of a tobacco-free film festival. This local initiative gives youth ages 10–24 the opportunity to win cash and other great prizes by making a short video on a topic of their choice. Celebrate something in your life or community, show us a solution to a problem or simply showcase your opinion! Check out the MyView website or Facebook page for details and deadlines.