Hackney previously participated in Cut Films, a youth anti-tobacco project that uses media to engage, educate and motivate young people not to take up the habit or (if they have) to quit.

School-based prevention work will continue through the new City and Hackney Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Service (starting autumn 2016), which will offer sessions on smoking and other tobacco use (e.g. shisha) to all primary and secondary schools and other youth settings in Hackney. This will be done by trained outreach workers and, where applicable, by a school health link worker.

Outreach workers from Young Hackney’sA Substance Misuse Service are also trained up in smoking prevention and can run sessions either stand-alone or as part of their prevention work on other risky behaviours.

Hackney Council’s public health grants programme, the Healthier Hackney Fund, awarded funding to four smoking prevention projects in 2015/16.  These were:

  • the Clapton Boys Club ‘Breathe Life’ programme which worked with boys from the Orthodox Jewish community
  • an intergenerational project with the Vietnamese and Chinese community run by the Chinese Community Centre
  • a theatre production project followed by workshops that was delivered in six schools by the Chain Reaction theatre company
  • a multi-media project run by YOH (a youth led community organisation) working with children and young people who are in (or associated with) gangs, primarily in the Kurdish and Turkish communities.

Learning from these pilots will inform the prevention offer through the new City and Hackney Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing service described above.


  1. Young Hackney is the council’s service for all young people aged 6–19. It aims to help all of Hackney’s young people to enjoy their youth and become independent and successful adults. Young Hackney runs activities for young people across the borough, and offers advice and support to young people who need it, on subjects like education, employment, housing or health.