Posted on 31st Mar 2020
Did you know, in the first 20 minutes after a person has their last cigarette, their heart rate decreases? Within one year their risk of coronary heart disease is halved.
These are some of the many benefits that people can experience when they choose to forgo tobacco smoking.
Youth Solutions, and our Youth Advisory Group (YAG) volunteers, have launched our annual #whyichoose campaign, with the goal of spreading the word about the benefits of not smoking and/or the benefits of making safer choices around tobacco smoking.
#whyichoose aims to reduce tobacco smoking-related harm in local young people aged 15 – 25 years and the campaign is happening now!
About the campaign
Are you aged 15 – 25 years? Then you have come to the right place! Know someone who is 15 – 25 years? Well this info is still great for you too!
Whether you are someone who is looking to find correct info about the effects of tobacco smoking, are keen to support someone with their quit-smoking journey or just want to help spread the word about the safer choices we can make in relation to tobacco smoking, #whyichoose is for you!
#whyichoose is all about to educating young people and the negative health effects of tobacco smoking, while promoting the benefits of choosing not to smoke tobacco or making safer decision around tobacco smoking.
So what is a safer decision around tobacco smoking? It could be:
- Deciding not to smoke
- Quitting smoking
- Cutting back
- Stepping away from your friends and family when you smoke a cigarette, or
- Having a smoke-free work and home environment.
Throughout the campaign period, Youth Solutions and its YAG volunteers will be sharing smoking information, facts and links to support!
#whyichoose was first launched in 2015, and traditionally has incorporated a range of online strategies with plenty of community stalls and activities.
This year, as we practice social distancing in order to protect employees, volunteers, young people and broader community from the COVID-19 pandemic, we will rolling out #whyichoose entirely online – how exciting is that!? So you can expect lots of social media content and plenty of ways to get involved, safely!
Join the conversation
At its core, #whyichoose is a conversation. But it can only be a conversation with you!! So, here’s how you can join the conversation:
1. Take our anonymous 2020 #whyichoose campaign survey (and then share the link with your friends!)
3. Share your own #whyichoose message! Why do you choose not to smoke or to make safer choices in relation to smoking. Post it up on your own social media profile, tag us and use the hashtag (so we can share it!), add it as a comment on one of our campaign posts or send it to us directly via email to email@example.com (or via our DMs on Facebook/Instagram)
A few last things…
Want more information about alcohol or other drugs? Check out the Drug Information section of our website.
Need help or support? In an emergency, always call Triple Zero (000) for emergency services. For information about other services or where to get help, check out the Get Help section of our website, call our team on 02 4628 2319 or send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to find out more about the campaign or ways to get involved? Contact the project lead for a chat:
- Sam Young, Health Promotion Coordinator: 02 4628 2319 | email@example.com.
The #whyichoose campaign is part of Youth Solutions’ PEEP Project.
Youth Solutions is a youth drug and alcohol prevention and health promotion charity.