Students in classes who remained smoke-free for six months then competed for prizes through a series of sport and quiz challenges
(Photo: Fondation Cancer)
Hundreds of students gathered on the Place d’Armes in Luxembourg City on Tuesday to take part in a competition involving sport challenges and quizzes to finish off the eighteenth edition of the Cancer Foundation’s anti-smoking campaign (“Mission Nichtrauchen”).
The day of fun on the Place d’Armes was actually the final stage of a larger competition in which 2,209 students aged between 12 and16 participated. This year 114 classes attempted the competition, meaning they agreed not to smoke for six months.
If a class had over 10% of students smoking, it was out of the running. A total of 97 classes succeeded, or 85%, which the Cancer Foundation considers “a good track record”.
Students from the European School of Luxembourg I, under teacher Teemu Hinkula, had cause to celebrate: they won first prize, namely an afternoon in an adventure climbing park.
The first-place winners will be heading to an adventure climbing park. Photo: Fondation Cancer
Second place went to students at the Lycée Josy Barthel Mamer (teacher Stéphanie Halsdorf), who won a cooking workshop, and third place to students at the Lycée Hubert Clément Esch/Alzette (teacher François Faber).
Lucienne Thommes, physician and director of the Cancer Foundation, said: “With this competition, we want to ensure that the first contact with cigarettes is already avoided in order to prevent cancers.”