The Filter is our youth service which provides quit smoking support and smoking prevention to 11 - 25 years olds. The Filter’s motto is to filter out the myths and present the facts about smoking to young people.
The service is available for commissioning now.
Alongside the basic health impacts of smoking and tobacco, The Filter delves into related topics to spread the facts about:
- Shisha / hookah
- Illegal tobacco
- Co-consumption with cannabis and legal highs
What we do
The project specifically targets those classed as ‘hard-to-reach’ in a number of ways:
- Workshops in youth provisions such as youth centres and Pupil Referral Units. We also offer sessions and projects specifically designed for schools.
- Training for those who work with young people, such as school nurses and youth workers
- Comprehensive social media and online engagement via the most prominent channels including Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat
- An information website which provides support, and the facts about tobacco, in a relevant and targeted way for young people
- An advice line which answers any questions to do with smoking posed by any young person who contacts us. This runs Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm via Whatsapp, Twitter and Snapchat
- Volunteering opportunities in a number of aspects of our work
The Filter's provides an innovative and multi-strand approach to addressing smoking and tobacco issues with young people. The service is flexible and can be adapted to a range of professional disciplines, youth settings and groups of young people. Our website and social media channels complement our youth work and training services and we offer a cost-effective solution which can be tailored to your needs.
The youth development team has worked with over 5,500 young people face-to-face at more than 220 sessions since the project’s launch in 2013. The website has been visited by over 45,000 individuals and our social media pages have over 2,240 followers. Our training has reached over 400 people from various organisations.
The project is currently undergoing an evaluation, a NIHR-funded study in further education settings by DECIPHer at Cardiff University. Another evaluation has recently been completed by Cardiff University's Institute of Primary Care and Public Health.
- The Filter Evaluation - Executive Summary (March 2015)
- The Filter Evaluation - Full Report (March 2015)
Find out more
The Filter website contains a wealth of youth-focused information about smoking and tobacco, alongside the topics mentioned above. It also includes a comprehensive section for professionals who work with young people which explains more about our various strands of work and has lots of free resources for youth provisions.