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Interior Health calling young artists to join tobacco, vaping poster contest

Interior Health Authority
By Interior Health Authority
October 16th, 2023

Interior Health is asking young artists to share their thoughts and experience in Interior Health’s second Tobacco and Vaping Poster Contest for a chance to win $150.

Young people are the experts when it comes to understanding why youth use tobacco and vape, and how smoking/tobacco and vaping impacts them and their friends, family, school and community – it’s important to hear their voices and views.

Contest Details:

Youth in Grades 8 to 12 living in the Interior Health region are invited to participate in the Take a Breath: Teen Voices on Tobacco and Vaping poster contest. Aspiring artists may create and submit an original artwork that shares a message about the impact of youth tobacco use, smoking and vaping in one of five contest themes:

  • The importance of ceremonial tobacco for Indigenous traditions, and how it differs from everyday (commercial) tobacco use (open to Indigenous youth only)
  • Important facts about smoking/tobacco, cannabis and vaping products
  • Tobacco and vaping companies’ strategies to promote use
  • Impact of smoking/tobacco, cannabis and vaping on my life
  • Environmental impact of smoking/tobacco and vaping

A winning poster will be chosen for each of the five themes. The successful artists will be awarded $150 in the form of an appropriate gift card of the winner’s choosing. The winning posters will be professionally printed and displayed in Interior Health hospitals and health-care centres, as well as on social media and the IH website.

The contest is underway now, with entries due by 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 1 2023. The winners will be announced during the week of Jan. 15, 2023 – National Non-Smoking Week.

For more information about the contest and how to enter, visit

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