Forrestdale skate park artwork spells out smoking dangers

Student Katy-Leigh Cowie with her anti-smoking artwork that is displayed at skate parks around Armadale.
Student Katy-Leigh Cowie with her anti-smoking artwork that is displayed at skate parks around Armadale.

ARTWORK has been installed at three skate parks in the City of Armadale to send an anti-smoking message to young people.

The work was created by students Katy-Leigh Cowrie and Jeremiah Wastell as part of the Kick It project held at the City’s Youth Activity Area (YAA).

Mayor Henry Zelones said smoking was the largest single preventable cause of death and disease in Australia.

“As a former three-pack-a-day smoker, I was able to eventually quit a 20-year addiction,” he said.

“I am fully aware that smoking not only impacts on the health of the individual smoker, but exposes those around them to the dangers of secondhand smoke.

“Having personally lost four family members to smoking-related diseases, I understand only too well that smoking, and even second-hand smoke, can cause serious cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, including coronary heart disease and lung cancer.”

The artwork can be seen at the Youth Activity Area in Armadale, Cross Park Skate Park in Roleystone and Forrestdale Skate Park, on the corner of Weld Street and Armadale Road.

It was created to coincide with World No Tobacco Day on May 31.

The initiative aims to raise awareness of the health risks associated with tobacco use and to advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.