Students create anti-vaping artwork

Students from Hereford College of Arts used their artistic talents to design posters to raise awareness of the risks of vaping to young people.

38 art students took part in the project supported by Herefordshire Council’s Public Health Team and Healthwatch Herefordshire.

Each student produced a piece of art through painting, drawing and graphic design. Two final designs were chosen to represent the students’ concerns on the long term effects of vaping on children’s health.

Students ‘Get Arty’ to raise awareness about the long term risks of vaping


Cllr Carole Gandy, Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said:

“Thank you to all of the students and staff from Hereford College of Arts that took part in this project. It’s inspiring that they’ve used their talents to represent their thoughts about the long term risks to young people from vaping, as the number of young people taking up vaping steadily increases.”

Cllr Ivan Powell, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, added:

“Congratulations to everyone who took part in this project. It’s great to see a group of young people that are genuinely concerned about the future health of their peers and are able to express these feelings through their artwork.”

Matt Pearce, Herefordshire’s Director of Public Health, said:

“Whilst vaping has an important role as an alternative for smoking amongst adults, we are all concerned about the number children and young people using and accessing vape products. This is a fantastic project and it’s great to see young people raising awareness of the risks of vaping to their peers.”

Abigail Appleton, Principal of Hereford College of Arts, said:

At Hereford College of Arts, creative education is not just about developing professional knowledge and skills for students to succeed in career opportunities across the creative industries and beyond, but also about nurturing skills for collaboration, community engagement and creative citizenship.  I’m very proud of our students’ ambition to make a positive impact on the world and am delighted that Herefordshire Council’s Public Health Team and Healthwatch Herefordshire invited them to help with this important work.”

Published: 17th May 2024