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Kick Ash mentors Graffiti Artwork is Exhibited for No Smoking Day

Kick Ash mentors from Cambridgeshire schools are hoping to draw a big crowd with their art exhibition at Central Library to coincide with National No Smoking Day.

The public exhibition has been especially created by the mentors to celebrate the National Campaign, No Smoking Day and to show their pride in being smoke free. The exhibition opended on the 8th March and mentors who contributed to creating the artwork were joined by Simon How from Public Health England, Councillor Jenkins and Councillor Orgee.

Students who have taken their inspiration from graffiti artwork have been working closely with professional Artist James Mayle and have designed their own stop smoking messages. They also hope it will inspire smokers to consider the dangers of smoking, think twice about lighting up and to ultimately quit. The artwork will be on display in Central Library, Cambridge from 8th to the 12th March to coincide with National No Smoking Day (8 March).

Posted: March 10, 2017

Kick Ash Mentors turn to graffiti to spread their proud to me smoke free message

Mentors from 7 Secondary Schools across Cambridgeshire (Witchford Village College, Cromwell Community College, St Peters School, Cottenham Village College, Longsands Academy, Swavesey Village College and Bottisham Village College) worked with James from iMAGESKOOL who is a professional artist to create several pieces of art work all depicting their own smoke fee message.

Liv Thorpe (age 15) a student from Swavesey Village College, said: “It’s been a great day learning new skills and being able to meet likeminded people who are trying to spread the same proud to be smoke free message.”

To view all the pictures of the day please visit our facebook page

Posted: January 24, 2017

Witchford Village College Kick Ash

Students from Witchford Village College have tried their hand at film making in an attempt to urge smokers to stub out their cigarettes this January. The video supports the Public Health England’s National ‘Health Harms’ campaign that capitalises on seasonal motivation to make healthy changes.

Mentor Ed Ouzman, who helped make the video, said: “We hope by making this short video we will encourage people who currently smoke to try and quit this January. We are all proud to be smoke free and hope this video encourages other people to become smoke free too.”

To view the video please click on the link below.

Posted: January 6, 2017

Look what we achieved in 2015/16!

As we are about to start a new Kick Ash year, I thought it might be a good time to remember all the great things that happened in 2015/16!

Some highlights:

•Kick Ash Flash Mob

•We welcomed Longsands Academy and The Ivo School to Kick Ash

•Over 200 Kick Ash mentors were trained

•Over £150 was raised by Kick Ash mentors for the British Heart Foundation

•Kick Ash mentors from Cromwell Community College were awarded first prize in the Best Education Setting category in the No Smoking Day Organisers of the Year awards by British Heart Foundation

•Kick Ash mentors visited 40 primary schools in Cambridgeshire working with over 1100 year 5 and 6 students

These are just some highlights – Kick Ash mentors all held stalls and ran activities in their own schools spreading the message that they are proud to be smoke free.

Posted: August 16, 2016

Chatteris students scoop No Smoking award

The British Heart Foundation, which organises No Smoking Day, has awarded the Kick Ash mentors first prize in the Best Education Setting category in the No Smoking Day Organisers of the Year awards.

The Kick Ash mentors were presented with the award for their contribution towards this year’s No Smoking Day campaign. The mentors ran a promotional stand in their school over two days inspiring other students within the college to sign a pledge saying that they are proud to be smoke-free. They were also offering advice and support to those who already smoke on how best to stop smoking and referring people to CAMQUIT, Cambridgeshire’s local stop smoking service.

Mrs Michelle Priest, Head of Year 10 at Cromwell Community College added: “We’re very proud of our students. They volunteer their time willingly because they are dedicated young people who want to help others.”


Posted: July 25, 2016

Kick Ash mentors urge smokers to quit on 'No Smoking Day'

Kick Ash mentors from across Cambridgeshire ran events in their schools to support this year’s National No Smoking Day.

Mentors at four schools (Longsands Academy, St Neots; Sir Harry Smith, Whittlesey; Cottenham Village College; and Bottisham Village College) ran charity cake sales and information stands. The mentors managed to raise over £180 in total, with the proceeds being donated to the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK.

The Cromwell Community College (Chatteris) mentors who are pictured ran a promotional stand in their school over two days asking other students within the school to sign a pledge that they are proud to be smokefree, whilst offering support and advice to those concerned about smoking. Mentors from Witchford Village College organised a successful teachers vs students badminton and table tennis competition at their school with lots of students coming along to participate and spectate.

Thanks for all your hard work, mentors. For more pictures from the events please visit our Facebook page.

Posted: March 15, 2016

Flash mob success

Kick Ash mentors from across Cambridgeshire joined a singing flash mob to surprise shoppers in Huntingdon with their smoke free message. 

The students took part in the flash mob to promote the national health harms campaign and remind smokers about the physical damage caused by smoking.

The Kick Ash flash mob took place in the Chequers Court area of Huntingdon town centre. Schools involved include Witchford Village College, Cromwell Community College in Chatteris, St Peter's School in Huntingdon, Sir Harry Smith Community College in Whittlesey, St Ivo School in St Ives, Cottenham Village College and North Cambridge Academy.

The flash mob was led by musician Christina Dmytryk Clark and was created by Musical Director Carrie Rawlings.

Thank you, mentors, for making the day a great success. For more pictures and videos from the day please see our Facebook page!

Posted: February 19, 2016

Kicking Ash at Dunstable Party in the Park

Queensbury Upper School Kick Ash mentors Paris Bowkett and Tanisha Natale, who were supported by Aruna Sharma-Balls and Rachael Holland from Public Health, had a very successful day at Dunstable Party in the Park. They handed out goody bags and leaflets promoting the Kick Ash programme to young people who wanted to find out more about smoking prevention and the support available to quit.

During the event, Dunstable’s Deputy Mayor, Terry Stock, and the Lady Mayoress showed great interest in Kick Ash and were enthusiastic about the work currently being done by the mentors at both Party in the Park and Queensbury Upper School.

The Kick Ash mentors are very keen to publicise the programme and continue to look at ways of demonstrating the damage smoking brings to young people’s health.

For further information on Kick Ash please contact Aruna Sharma-Balls by email at or call 0300 300 6669.

Posted: August 26, 2014

Kick Ash in pictures

Look what we achieved in 2012/13!

As we are about to start a new Kick Ash year, I thought it might be a good time to remember all the great things that happenend in 2012/13!

Some highlights:

  • Kick Ash Flash Mob
  • Kick Ash welcomed Kick Ash Bedfordshire, a new pilot programme started at the All Saints Academy
  • Kick Ash also started at the Ernulf Acadmey and in The Manor School
  • Almost 150 Kick Ash mentors were trained
  • Ellie from Bottisham VC was interviewed on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire with Jeremy Sallis about smoking in cars
  • Kick Ash mentors from The Manor School met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and we even got a mention in Hello magazine!
  • Ernulf Academy held two great events: a Christmas fair and an awesome teachers versus students football match
  • The Manor School held a fantastic no smoking day programme with Year 8 students and Cambridge United Football Club
  • The Ernulf Academy modelled for our new short film, 'An introduction to Kick Ash UK', which a lot of us star in!
  • Kick Ash mentors participated in an ASH-sponsored protest encouraging the government to support plain packaging for tobacco products
  • All Saints Academy had a party in the park in Dunstable and attracted a lot of attention
  • Sir Harry Smith CC held a competition to design a sign for Smoke Free Play Areas, and Councillor Martin Curtis presented the award. Kick Ash hopes to have ten smoke free play areas in Cambridgeshire in 2013/14

These are just some highlights – Kick Ash mentors all held stalls and activites in their own schools and taught over 5,000 students about being proud to be smoke free. Kick Ash mentors are proud of Kick Ash and they are proud to be smoke free.

Posted: August 28, 2013

Kick Ash at Party in the Park

On 20th July our Kick Ash mentors were roaming the crowds at Party in the Park in Dunstable spreading the word that they are proud to be smoke free. They had a fantastic time talking to the local community and their peers about the dangers of smoking and even had a spot on stage to tell everyone who they were and about the programme. With a great response from the locals and a crowd of around 5,000 they really did get the message out there. It was a perfect end to the first year of Kick Ash in Bedfordshire and now we're just looking forward to another group of dedicated mentors next year.

Posted: August 1, 2013

Kick Ash mentors kick start Smoke Free Play Areas for Cambridgeshire

Kick Ash mentors at Sir Harry Smith Community College ran a 'design a sign' competition with Year 7 students to develop our very own Kick Ash Smoke Free Play Areas sign. Over 100 Year 7 students entered and Kelly Sandhu (pictured) was voted the winner by students and teachers! See the draft design here!

Kelly was presented her award and prize by the Leader of the County Council and Councillor for Whittlesey North, Councillor Martin Curtis. Councillor Curtis is a big fan of Kick Ash and is delighted with the work Kick Ash mentors are doing across Cambridgeshire.

Kick Ash and Cambridgeshire Action for Tobacco hope to see in the near future ten Smoke Free Play Areas set up across Cambridgeshire, and Kelly's sign will be proudly featured in those parks!

Posted: June 6, 2013

Kick Ash supports plain packaging for tobacco

Kick Ash UK support plain packaging for tobacco products and want our government to lesgilsate for all tobacco products to be in a plain standardised package.  

See some great pics of Kick Ash mentors protesting with other smokefree advocates, ASH, ASH Wales, British Heart Foundation, Reframe Kent, Dymst Liverpool and Kick Butt! 

Posted: June 5, 2013

Kick Ash gets creative for 2013

Kick Ash mentors from the Ernulf Academy became Kick Ash stars earlier this month!  Postscript our design team help worked with Kick Ash mentors to get some excellent images and video footage for our new website!  The film will follow shortly but check out these great pics! 

Big thank you for all the Kick Ash mentors at the Ernulf Academy, nice work! 

Posted: February 27, 2013

Kick Ash Christmas Fair

We had a great time  at the Christmas craft fair on Sunday , lots of people got involved and supported us including Santa and his elves. The photo booth was a brilliant success, even the teachers wanted there picture taken beating up evil Sid the cigarette.  I think most people in St Neots now know that we are ‘proud to  smoke free’  as well as being very noisy.

Amber Scally - Kick Ash Mentor, Ernulf Academy

Posted: December 20, 2012

Kick Ash meets the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Kick Ash mentors from The Manor School meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambidge – Jess Howard said: "I gave Kate a wristband and a badge and Kate said, 'I've never put a cigarette to my mouth', which got some good interest from the press so we got interviewed for the newspaper and radio."

Well done to The Manor Mentors, a fabulous honour!

Posted: November 28, 2012

Ellie from Bottisham VC on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Ellie from Bottisham Village College, along with Barbara Brafman Price, our Tobacco Control Alliance Coordinator, participated in a live debate on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire with Jeremy Sallis about smoking in cars.   

Listen here:

(Go to 20:00 minutes)

Posted: November 12, 2012

130 new Kick Ash mentors trained

A fantastic year for Kick Ash begins! Over 130 mentors trained and two new schools now leading the way for Kick Ash.

Welcome to Ernulf Academy in St Neots and The Manor School in Cambridge.

Some fantastic ideas from our new mentors – watch this space for exciting news!

Posted: November 5, 2012

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