ASSIST Smoking Intervention

James and Jack making a ‘cake’ form the ingredients found in cigarettes

James and Jack making a ‘cake’ form the ingredients found in cigarettes

Students from Barry Comprehensive School recently took part in a smoking intervention program called ‘ASSIST’.

The students, from Year 8, had agreed to attend the two day event to train as peer supporters after being identified by other students in their year as people whom they ‘respected’, ‘looked up to’ and regarded as ‘good leaders in sports and other group activities.

The aim of the training was to give the peer supporters the information, skills and confidence to discourage smoking amongst their year group, through informal conversations about the risks of smoking and the benefits of being smoke-free.

The students were given certificates on completion of the course and since their return to school have delivered a presentation to their year group using the new skills they had learnt.

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