Communications News: Anti-inflammatory

Re-Solv is sending this arresting illustration of the 'Hazard Crew' to every secondary school in the UK as part of its ongoing campaign highlighting the dangers of solvent abuse. The poster, created by Aardman, the creator of Wallace and Gromit, is a composite of seven cartoon cards. Flammable Phil, Toxic Tina and friends explain how 'sniffing' substances has ruined each of their lives. Re-Solv wants to startle children with the simple message that solvent abuse can kill at the first attempt. "So many lives are being cut short," said Warren Hawksley, Re-Solv's director. "Most are children of school age, some as young as seven." More than 2,000 people have died from sniffing substances such as petrol, glue, butane gas and aerosols over the past 30 years. Two-thirds were under 19.

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