Europe backs lung cancer fund

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Europe has given a pounds 120,000 boost to the Roy Castle Foundation to support its battle to stop young people smoking.

The grant, from the EU's public-health directorate, will provide 80 per cent of the funding for a smoking-prevention project in primary schools in the UK, France and Portugal. Roy Castle (left), the entertainer and broadcaster, died in 1994, aged 62, after a two-and-a-half-year fight against the disease; his foundation is the only UK charity dedicated solely to defeating lung cancer.