Rangatahi/Youth from Massey High School and Waitakere College are finding innovative ways to communicate a message about the importance of being smokefree to 3500 youth across both schools.

Students are leading a school competition to create messages that could prevent youth from starting smoking, or help them to quit.

Students can either volunteer to lead the competition, or enter with prizes to be won, kindly provided by Waitemata District Health Board. The competition will also highlight the opportunities and leadership these students show and the career opportunities in the health sector.

Healthy Families Waitakere Activators Sophia Bloomfield and Jayshree Ramesh-Sukha have been supporting the students to design the competition.

An outcome from this competition will be to assess if there are changes in the attitudes and behaviours of students towards smoking.

At a regional level, we are in partnership regional stakeholders who are working on key strategic objectives to support the bold goal of ‘Auckland has; Smokefree communal public places and half as many places to buy tobacco by 2025’