Children help to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking

722Pupils from Gledhow Primary School have been helping the Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust’s Stop Smoking Service to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking ahead of No Smoking Day on Wednesday 11 March. 

Stop Smoking Advisor, Maree Diamond, spoke to the young people and invited them to take part in a competition to design posters encouraging people to access the service and get help to stop smoking. The winning designs will be displayed in health centre across Leeds. 

Speaking about the reason the team wanted to involve the young people, Maree said: “It’s important to have the opportunity to engage with young people about the effects smoking can have on them and people around them. We hope by giving them the facts now, it will prevent them from smoking in the future. Hopefully, they share the information we have given them with their family and friends to discourage them from smoking or be aware of the free treatment and help that is available from our service.” 

Research shows that you are far more likely to be successful in stopping smoking if you combine both treatment and specialist help from an NHS Stop Smoking Service than attempting to quit on your own. On No Smoking Day, the Stop Smoking team will be at Kirkgate Market in Leeds city centre to talk to people about the support the service offers and sign them up for a treatment programme instantly. The team will be at the Zest For Life stall between 9am and 4.30pm. 

Clinics are run throughout the week at locations across the city. To contact the team for help, people can text SMOKEFREE TO 60066, telephone 0800 169 4219 or


For media enquiries please contact:

Sarah Elwell

Communications Officer

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Tel: 0113 220 8514



Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust provides a range of community services in Leeds for adults and children including community nursing, health visiting, physiotherapy, community dentistry, primary care mental health, smoking cessation and sexual health services. Visit for more information.