X-HALE is an Irish Cancer Society initiative that aims to prevent young people from smoking through educating and empowering young people, youth leaders and educators.
Since 2011, we have supported over 327 youth organisations to take part in X-HALE. Learn more about the X-HALE Story So Far .
The European Commission awarded X-HALE as the 1st place winner of the EU Health Award for NGO's Working to Prevent Tobacco Use in 2018 for the programmes innovative social dimension and the peer-to-peer approach to working with groups most at risk of tobacco use.
X-HALE (which stands for X’ing out Harmful and Lethal Effects) is an Irish Cancer Society initiative that aims to prevent young people from smoking.
According to research, about 8% of young people aged 10-17 in Ireland smoke.
Through X-HALE, we invite young people and those working with young people to join us in working towards our goal of reducing the number of young people in Ireland smoking today.
X-HALE aims to get important messages out to young people in Ireland about the effects of smoking. Smoking affects your body in many ways. Find out more about the effects of smoking.
X-HALE also aims to raise awareness of the influence of the tobacco industry and the media on young people’s decision to smoke. Find out more about how the tobacco industry target young people in a bid to maintain their profits.
We want to empower young people to learn the facts about smoking, develop skills and share important messages about smoking through film, art, dance music and drama. We want to support young people in encouraging other young people to stamp out smokes for good.
X-HALE programmes and training
Check out the range of great opportunities to get involved in X-HALE and our partner organisations that make the programme possible:
- X-HALE Short Film Competition
- X-HALE Training for youth workers and volunteers
- X-HALE Youth Awards
- X-HALE Training for school teachers
- X-HALE partners