Young People and Smoking

Smoking is associated with being an adult. As long as young people can see adults smoking and are exposed to tobacco advertising and promotion, some will experiment with cigarettes and risk becoming addicted to smoking.

Unlike smoking among adults, which has declined steadily over the past decades, the proportion of young people who smoke has remained constant or even increased over the past few years. In England in 1996, among 15 year olds, 33% of girls and 28% of boys were regular smokers.

A smoker who starts at the age of 15 is three times more likely to develop lung cancer than someone who starts at the age of 25.

Young people get hooked on cigarettes remarkably quickly and they are more likely to smoke if:

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