Harrow East MP Bob Blackman has spoken about the death of his mother from lung cancer as he agreed to be interviewed for an anti smoking video.

The Conservative politician was questioned and recorded by 11 local young people who were taking part in a film-making workshop on Saturday November 15 as part of the Harrow Cut Films anti-smoking project.

Mr Blackman said: "My mother was only 47 when she died of lung and throat cancer, these days there are far too many people who die far too young through smoking related diseases. The opportunity is there for you to lengthen your life, why not take it."

The teenagers had an opportunity to learn scriptwriting, interviewing, filmmaking, the production process and editing during the day. They also found out from Bob Blackman about the work he does as the secretary for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Smoking and Health.

Amilah Choudhury, 16 said: "Media is such an effective way of spreading messages, which is why I think Cut Films is such a great project. By encouraging young people to make films anti-smoking films it raises awareness not only for others but also for the people making the video."

Young people in Harrow are being invited by Harrow Cut Films to make their own two-minute anti-smoking adverts. The project is funded by Harrow Council and provides free workshops to schools and youth groups. All films will be entered into a Harrow wide film competition by 8 May 2015. Find out more at - www.cutfilms.org/harrow

Councillor Anne Whitehead
Councillor Anne Whitehead being interviewed
 

Harrow Council's portfolio holder for public health, Councilor Anne Whitehead said: "Tobacco companies lose 50% of their customers through death. Young people talking to other young people and making films about why they shouldn’t be taking smoking up is a good thing."