Interior Health Authority has expanded its new 1-800 number into the Cariboo Chilcotin for residents to access and navigate home and community care and chronic disease management services. (Interior Heath Authority image)

Young artists invited to send health message via poster contest

‘Take a Breath’ campaign aims to share messages made by youth for youth

Teens throughout the Interior Health (IH) region enrolled in grades 8 through 12 are invited to submit original artwork in the form of a poster for the “Take a Breath: Teen Voices on Tobacco and Vaping” campaign poster contest.

“Take a Breath” is different from many other campaigns that focus exclusively on the health concerns of using tobacco and vape products, by asking youths to share their perspective on the issue. Teens can submit artwork in the form of a poster based on one of five themes: facts about smoking and vaping; the importance of ceremonial tobacco; strategies used by tobacco and vaping companies to promote their products; how these products impact teens’ lives; and the environmental impact of tobacco and vaping.

The contest was developed by the Tobacco and Vapour Reduction Team at IH. It is designed to be a fresh, innovative approach for engaging with youth in meaningful conversations about tobacco use and vaping, and how it affects them and their friends, family, school, community, and environment.

The team worked in collaboration with teens from the McCreary Centre Society, who will also serve as judges in selecting the winners for the contest. The intention is to recruit and share messages that are made by youth for youth.

Teens who want to participate have until Nov. 15 to submit their entries for a chance to win a $150 gift card of their choice. The artwork and messages of the winning posters will be celebrated and recognized by being professionally printed and posted in schools and communities across the IH region.

More information on how to enter the contest can be found at

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