The Healthy Schools Stop Smoking and Vaping Service provides ‘Catch Your Breath’ – a school-based smoking and vaping programme for young people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, England
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Everyone Heath Ltd, United Kingdom
Publication date: 2023-04-25
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Caroline Kenny
Everyone Health Ltd, United Kingdom
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2023;9(Supplement):A138
The ‘Catch Your Breath’ offer was developed in response to feedback from schools on how to positively support young people aged 11 – 18 who are known to be smokers/vapers. It is being delivered free of charge into secondary schools in conjunction with the Healthy Schools Service.

The aim is to provide a referral pathway for any young person who either wishes to quit smoking or vaping or would benefit from some dedicated advice and information on the potential risks of these behaviours as well as the associated regulations.

Material and Methods:
Educational sessions that focus on prevention, with universal delivery to students via a 90-minute interactive workshop, both targeted cessation interventions as well as prevention assemblies delivered to students. The ultimate goal was for there to be a co-ordinated whole school approach taken by both the secondary schools and their feeder primaries to discourage smoking and vaping behaviour.

Teachers now feel confident to present an evidence based programme to their students around prevention of smoking and vaping. A referral pathways has been developed to refer students who require individual support for smoking or vaping.

This approach is going to be potentially rolled out more widely in England due to demand and success.

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