Students involved in the smoking prevention programme Kick Ash are to shine on screen as part of a BBC documentary about smoking and tobacco.

The students who took part in the TV programme were from St Peters School and Thongsley Fields Primary School in Huntingdon.

Footage of the students will appear in the second episode of the documentary, "˜Burning Desire: The Seduction of Smoking' and it will be aired at 9.30 pm on the 5 June on BBC2. The footage includes clips of the St Peter's students, aged 15, who volunteer as peer mentors for the Kick Ash programme, working with the younger children from Thongsley Fields Primary School on a range of smoking issues.

Kick Ash is a programme led by young people for young people and aims to lower the uptake of smoking in Cambridgeshire. Students volunteer as Kick Ash mentors and lead on a variety of different activities. These include working with younger children on a range of smoking issues, supporting Camquit "“ Cambridgeshire Stop Smoking service, and working with Supporting Businesses in the Community. The programme is being delivered by Cambridgeshire County Council.

Daniel Blamires, a student from St Peter's School, aged 15, said: "It's not every day you get to work with a film crew and have the chance to appear on television. Everyone who took part really enjoyed it and it's given us a chance to spread our smoke free message to a national audience."

Alys Cummings, a BBC Producer working on the documentary, said: "We enjoyed visiting Thongsley Fields Primary school to film pupils talking about smoking with Kick Ash for our BBC Two series on tobacco. It was also a pleasure to meet visiting mentors from St Peter's. We were made very welcome and were impressed with how enthusiastic and articulate all the students were."

 Jo Allgood, who leads on Kick Ash at St Peter's School, Huntingdon, said: "The Kick Ash mentors have worked really hard and really are experts when it comes to young people and smoking. We're really proud of what they've achieved and so should their families and the local community. I can't wait to see them on the documentary."




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