Young are urged to get creative to stop teenage smoking

Creative young people from Newham are being called on to help stop teenage smoking, which is killing people in later in life and leading to �devastation for others.

Children as young as 10 are still taking up the deadly habit, despite widespread warnings about the dangers.

Last week the Recorder – alongside its sister newspapers from Archant London – joined forces with the London-based charity, the Deborah Hutton campaign, to address these �dangers.

Deborah was a highly-�acclaimed journalist who died from lung cancer in 2005 aged 49 after smoking in her teenage years.

The charity runs the Cut Films national short film competition where young people research smoking, make a two-minute film about it for their friends, upload it to a special website and share it on their social media.

The aim is for �talented teenagers from the borough to send a very clear message to their peers – that smoking kills in later life.

It is hoped that more pupils will take advantage of the �media equipment available to them to participate in the competition.

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As well as the overall prize, there is a special Archant �London award for the best film from the capital city.

Winning entrants could scoop Kindles, ipods, festival tickets, among others, plus the recognition of producing a highly-skilled and widely-praised piece of film.

The competition closes for entries on Friday April 20, and voting for the films closes on Monday, April 30. For more information visit www.London24. com and