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Breaking habits through film

Participants in the X-hale Youth Awards aim to reduce smoking in young people by 2025.

Written by Daniel Stepien and posted in opinion

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Daniel is a participant in the X-Hale competition from Blanchardstown CTC and explains the why and how he got involved.

Well the big contest is on now, as the campaign began with a training course for all the involved training centres, we were shown how to make a plan for the movie, record it and finally edit it. The X-Hale competition is done to help us make Ireland smoke free by 2025, it involves a lot of teenagers and is targeted at the teenagers.

Why I want to take part?

Well one of the reasons I want to take part is because I want our centre to be more recognized out there, but the main reason I am going to participate in the project is because I have been smoking for six years and I think that by doing that I hope it will help me quit. I have acquired some knowledge on what the project is about at the training provided, as well as the booklet that I was given by my instructor. I think that the project itself is a brilliant idea as smoking is the worst habit out there and by targeting the young society we might make them think about why they ever started smoking at all.

Every one of my friends that I asked about it said that they started because of peer pressure and also because they wanted to be “cool”. I do not see anything good about smoking so by the end of this project I hope to quit smoking.

Our centre’s support! As a centre, the Blanchardstown Community Training centre is making a short two-minute film, which will be entered into the competition. When the voting is over, we are invited to the Lighthouse Cinema where we will be shown all the movies made by different centres.


As we all probably know the tobacco industry does us more badly than it does good, the only reason that it’s still running is because so many people buy cigarettes! They don’t care about our health but our money! Apart from the fact that every smoker spends a fortune on cigarettes there is some serious health conditions that come along with it like:

  • Smoking harms nearly every organ in a humans body, some of them more serious than the others
  • Possible chronic diseases caused by smoking vary from: Strokes, blindness, coronary heart conditions, asthma, diabetes, and erectile dysfunction to overall diminished health
  • As well as the chronic diseases smoking also contributes in a lot of different cancers like: Lung, stomach, liver, pancreas, cervix, bladder and more

Most of us know this but yet it does not stop us form quitting! But why? If you want to stay updated to this topic link to us on twitter

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Published June 18th, 2015
Last updated July 30th, 2015
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