The Irish Cancer Society has launched X-HALE 2013, a short film competition for youth groups on the subject of young people and smoking. The timeline for the film project is January to April 2013. Films must be a maximum of two minutes in length and completed and submitted to the Irish Cancer Society by 20 April 2013. The short films should all be youth centred and involve young people from start to finish. The Irish Cancer Society will offer a range of supports to applicants and all film submissions will be entered into the X-HALE Youth Awards 2013.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 14 December 2012.

The categories for the 2013 short films will be:

  • Marketing of cigarettes to young people by the tobacco industry
  • Exploitation of children and poverty due to tobacco
  • Tobacco, young people and the environment
  • A future for plain packaging cigarettes in Ireland – young people’s views
  • Any tobacco- or smoking-related issue affecting young people in your community that you would like to highlight

For full details on how to apply see:

The X-HALE Youth Awards are part of the Irish Cancer Society’s young people and smoking programme, which aims to empower young people to play a vital role in de-normalizing the use of tobacco in Ireland, to bring down smoking prevalence rates and to prevent young people from starting to smoke in the first place.

The Awards provide training and resources to build the capacity of young people and their youth organisations to engage with others in discussing the harmful health effects of tobacco, the role of the tobacco industry in the production and marketing of tobacco and the other social, economic and environmental issues associated with smoking.


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