Credit: Fondation Cancer

Fondation Cancer has launched a new digital edition of its "Mission Nichtrauchen" anti-smoking competition in Luxembourg schools. 

The foundation noted that many young people start smoking as young as 14 years old - a period of their lives in which prevention plays a key role. In its fight against smoking, Fondation Cancer is launching the 22nd edition of the Mission Nichtrauchen competition.

Like every year, the competition is open to students in the first four years of secondary education who agree to remain "non-smokers" for six months. Secondary school teachers wishing for their students to take part can register their class until 14 October 2020 inclusive at

This year, the competition is going digital. Each month, classes will be invited to complete an online quiz to assess their knowledge of various smoking-related topics. The aim is to encourage constructive exchanges between students and teachers. 

The competition will run from 9 November 2020 to 7 May 2021. 

Lucienne Thommes, Director of the Cancer, commented: “In 2019, the figures showed an impressive increase in the number of smokers in Luxembourg, especially among young people. The objective of our Mission Nichtrauchen competition is to educate young people about health in order to turn the tide for the years to come and strive for a tobacco-free generation".

Since its launch, 57,690 secondary school students from 2,854 classes have pledged not to smoke.