Children urge drivers to stub it out

Pupils were invited to the Town Hall Chamber to receive certificates and prizes from (end left) Cllr Jeanie Bell, (third on right) Julie Tipton and Dympna Edwards (end right)  after taking part in a smoke-free cars sign design competition

Pupils were invited to the Town Hall Chamber to receive certificates and prizes from (end left) Cllr Jeanie Bell, (third on right) Julie Tipton and Dympna Edwards (end right) after taking part in a smoke-free cars sign design competition

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School children in St Helens have launched a vital campaign urging motorists to stub out smoking in cars.

Primary pupils took part in the smoke-free cars sign design competition which led them to a visit in the Town Hall Chamber.

Organised by the Smokefree St Helens Service, the purpose of the contest was for youngsters to creatively warn drivers about the new legislation.

This is as of October 1, it will be illegal to smoke in a car or vehicle with anyone under the age of 18.

Ellie-May Buckley from Holy Spirit Primary was the overall winner, with Michael Hurle from Sutton Manor Primary and James Fleming from Legh Vale Primary runners-up.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing Coun Jeanie Bell was present to hand out certificates and prizes, along with the council’s Assistant Director of Public Health Dympna Edwards and Smokefree Service Staff and Manager Julie Tipton.

Coun Bell said: “Children’s airways, lungs and immune systems are less developed so they are more at risk from the effects of breathing in tobacco smoke and the damage that this can cause.

“We aim to raise public awareness of the new legislation by displaying signs across the borough and to encourage smokers to seek help to quit.”

To find out more visit www.gov.uk/smokefreecars.

For more information on quitting or cutting down smoking, call 01744 586 247, or text QUIT to 61825. Alternatively, visit www.readytostopsmoking.co.uk.