Although not football related I have decided to help in this worthy cause. Please watch the videos below, they are very good. If you smoke I urge you to stop and the sooner you do it the better, make it your new year resolution.
Also on an LFC note, we need you to sing Y.N.W.A. for the years to come and smoking will inhibit your ability to sing in full voice.
RED CARPET PREMIERE FOR TEENS TAKING ON THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY
Three talented students from the North West took to the red carpet outside The Corner House cinema in Manchester last night to attend the premiere of their own films that actively fight back against the negative practices of the tobacco industry.
Mo Iqbal, 18, Michael Burlison, 18, and Joe Washington, 15, were celebrating their success at taking on the tobacco industry and challenging issues including child labour, deforestation and tobacco marketing that is targeted at young people. The films which destroy the illusions that smoking is glamorous and cool “have been created with the help of Hollyoaks” creator Phil Redmond, Hollyoaks star Carly Stenson and former Hollyoaks actors Matt Littler and Darren Jeffries, who played the well-known characters Max and OB.
The Smokefree North West Smoke & Mirrors film competition was open to all 14-18 year olds across the North West, with a brief to send in ideas that would expose the corruption of the tobacco industry amongst young people. The three winning film scripts, TRD (Tobacco Related Deaths),”The Machine”, and “Don’t Fall for It” have been made in to slick, edgy viral films starring some well-known Hollyoaks faces. All will be seen for the first time tonight and can then be watched online” you can even see the behind the scenes footage here.
The films could not have come at a better time. Shocking statistics have revealed that each day 450 children in the UK under the age of 11 take up smoking, and as 80% of smokers began before the age of 19 smoking is clearly a childhood addiction. The tobacco industry needs to recruit new customers to replace those that have quit or died “ and with 83,000 people dying from tobacco-related illnesses each year, the films are taking on an important life and death issue. If there were a national disaster on this scale it would be front page news ” these films bring to life the bleak reality of smoking and give young people a platform to take a stand.