Smoking Event with Jigsaw Project and Key Project. No Smoking Day 2011 Wednesday 10 th March. What is this.
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No Smoking Day 2011
Wednesday 10th March
In Feb 2011 Sector 3 Solutions came to St Mary’s centre in South Shields to train Jigsaw Project and Key Project staff on Smoking Cessation in order to get support workers to start working with our young people to get them to stop smoking.
The training was very informative however we were aware that young people aged 16-25 are not interested in giving up smoking and are also difficult to get engaged. The training provider did not have material aimed at this hard to reach age group, and so we were aware that the task of Smoking Cession would be a difficult one
As a result we decided to hold an event on No-Smoking Day 2011 and invited Sector 3 to come along to see some examples of how we try to engage young people
Jigsaw Project and Key Project then held a ‘Smoking Event’ at St Marys on No-Smoking Day. Sector 3 came along to help run the event and provide some information on smoking and how to stop
The event was open to smokers and non-smokers alike, whether they wanted to give up or not – in order to get a debate going – with they aim to get young smokers to think about giving up … it was not an event to tell them to stop
9 young people aged 19-24
From Jigsaw Project, Key Project and Places for People
Half male and half female
We had a mixture of some who smoked and some who don’t
There were 4 stations
~ I smoke and I don’t want to stop
~ I smoke and I want to stop
~ I used to smoke and I have stopped
~ I have never smoked
The young people sat at the stations appropriate to them
The young people discussed their experiences and views on smoking within their group and then the group discussed them as a whole
There were lots of interesting points and common themes that came out
There were various activities throughout the session to get people thinking about smoking habits and effects of smoking
There was a quiz, some videos from
You Tube covering the effects
of smoking, the smoking habits of
a toddler, a CO test, a Face
Aging test, a money
After each activity the young people were given the opportunity to move to another station
The hope was some would move from the ‘I don’t want to stop’ to ‘I do want to stop’ station
At the start of the session there was one person at the ‘I want to stop’ station
By the end of the session there was three people sat there
Stop smoking advise was given – the options on how to stop and where to get help
After some lunch, three of the participants then supported one young person to go to the chemist to see a cessation nurse to start his cessation programme. He is now on patches and an inhilator
Those young people who wanted to stop said it was ‘because of my health’; ‘if I have children in the future’; ‘to save money’
The aim of the session was to get young people to think about smoking – the fact that three of them actually decided to stop (1 third of the group!) – with one actually getting in touch with a cessation nurse and stopping there and then; was a fantastic success!
All the young people involved said that they thought the session was going to be boring and we were just going to preach to them to stop, but instead it had been really interesting
Using videos from You Tube helped to get the message across as it used real people
A comment from a young person on the clip of a todler smoking “It is funny at first but then when you realise what he is doing it is sick and makes you realise the effects of smoking on kids”
One young person asked if we could do a similar event featuring alcohol
100% of attendees said they enjoyed the session
100% of attendees said they found the information useful
WHY DID YOU START SMOKING?
WHO GOT YOU INTO SMOKING
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR SMOKING
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT GIVING UP SMOKING
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE SMOKING
BY ZOE, CHARMAINE & LEE (Charmine and Lee ended up moving to the ‘I want to stop’ station)
WHY DID YOU START SMOKING
WHAT GOT YOU SMOKING
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT PEOPLE SMOKING?
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT GIVING UP
BY PHIL/ LEE (Lee moved from ‘I don’t want to stop’ station)
WHY DID YOU NOT START SMOKING?
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE SMOKING?
WHY DID YOU START TO SMOKE?
WHO GOT YOU SMOKING?
WHY DID YOU STOP?
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE SMOKING?
BY KIRSTY AND JOSH
0-11 = Non Smoker; 11-20 = Light Smoker, 20+ = Heavy Smoker
Kirsty – 3 = non smoker (she has actually just stopped)
Lee – 12 = light smoker (decided to stop as result of event)
Zoe – 16 = light smoker (currently smokes)
Phil – 25 = heavy smoker (decided to stop as result of event)
Vanessa – 1 = non smoker (doesn’t smoke)
Josh – 2 = non smoker (has just stopped)
Charmaine – 8 = non smoker (decided to stop as result of event)
I don’t smoke = 3 I used to smoke = 2
I do smoke and don’t want to give up = 1
I do smoke and do want to give up = 2
How did you find the session?
How did you find the venue?
Did you find the info useful? Yes = 8 No =0
Do you feel different about smoking?
Yes = 4 No =4 (all were in relation to still not wanting to smoke)
Andrea Shield (Support Worker)
St Marys Centre, Tyne Dock, South Shields NE35 5LZ
0191 496 9715