Why not give Santa a helping hand to climb through a clean, smoke free chimney this festive season, and give yourself the chance of winning a family weekend that’s worth £3000. Even though traditionally Santa comes down a chimney and is covered with suit, he can now take a breath of fresh and clean air when he arrives inside everyone’s home this Christmas.
Children right across Britain are being encouraged to help Santa breathe easier by taking part in the campaign called QUIT Smoke-Free Family Christmas. QUIT is a national charity that helps people to quit their smoking habit and after the success of the campaign they ran last Christmas the initiative is up and running again to help as many people throw away the cigs this festive season.
As part of the campaign, primary schools are being encouraged to take part in a national Design a Christmas Card competition and which will be used by the charity to promote future non-smoking programmes. Pupils will have the chance to win book tokens for themselves and their school by entering their card inspired by ‘what a smoke-free family Christmas means to me’.
Secondary school pupils can write a rap or poem or design a poster under the same theme and earn the chance to win £1500 for a class trip.
Parents aren’t left out of the picture either – literally! The campaign also includes a video competition where families can send in a video of how they are going to have a smoke-free Christmas this year. With the chance to win a family weekend trip to London and its attractions worth £3000, it’s time to pronounce: ‘lights, camera’ action!’
Supported by an educational grant from Johnson and Johnson Ltd, as well as backing from health professionals such as Dr Chris Steele MBE, it is hoped that through a Smoke-Free Family Christmas, more families will be able to take a breath of festive fresh air inspired by the campaign.
Dr Steele said, “I’m backing this campaign because smoking is the most dangerous thing you can do – as it causes heat disease, stroke and several cancers and all of these are the biggest killers in the UK today. Celebrating a Smoke-Free Family Christmas brings the whole family together and is the best present a parent can give to their child, and to themselves, this Christmas.”
To enter the competition, visit the QUIT website www.quit.org.uk
The closing date is 1st December 2013.