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Art for heart’s sake: best anti-smoking posters chosen

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drawing of Jonathan the Tortoise superimposed on a map of St Helena, slogan live longer
Are those nicotine patches on Jonathan’s shell? Live longer: don’t smoke – poster by Cameron Johnson

More than 150 young people on St Helena have taken part in a poster competition intended to help islanders have healthier hearts and lungs, and avoid a host of fatal diseases.

cigarette superimposed on lungs: slogan says stop smoking, protect your lungs
Dominique Fowler’s poster is a winner

Cameron Johnson’s picture of Jonathan the tortoise – the world’s oldest known living creature and a noted non-smoker – was an example of the creative thinking that went into the contest.

It was held in schools as part of a campaign to prepare islanders for the introduction of a law that will ban smoking in public premises, including cars. The Tobacco Control Ordinance will also raise the minimum age for smoking in public, from 16 to 18.

Students in primary and secondary schools were taught about the effects of smoking on health, and the possible social and financial consequences.

The winners in each age group are:

Years 1 and 2: first prize, Jordana Peters (St Paul’s Primary School); 2nd, group 2, Pilling Primary School; 3rd, Taye Peters (St Paul’s). Years 3-6: 1, Dominique Fowler (St Paul’s); 2, Kayla Johnson (Harford Primary School); 3, Cameron Johnson (St Paul’s).

smoking skeleton
Smoking skeleton gets the message across

Years 7-9 (all Prince Andrew School): joint first, Caitlyn Buckley & Jodie Scipio Constantine; 2, Kelly Jonas. Years 10-11: 1, Benjy Lawrence, 2, Jamie Thomas; 3, Keisha Peters.

All winners will receive a cash prize, and the winning posters will now be used for the duration of the information campaign. All the posters will go on public display.

Cheryl Bedwell, who coordinated the competition said: “We had an overwhelming effort from our students. I must also extend thanks to the staff and students for their fantastic input to this competition.”


Spreading awareness is very essential…Getting rid of a habit is a very challenging task that has to be considered to stay healthy for the rest of your life. Assembly programs will help to motivate the people to stop smoking and avoid tobacco. For more guidance visit– Smoke Free America

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