HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Teenage smoking still 'worryingly high': Girls twice as likely as boys to puff away

The number of teenagers smoking remains worryingly high, with girls twice as likely as boys to take it up, according to ESRC-sponsored research tracking the habits of a large group of youngsters over the past six years.

Research led by Dr Mark Conner, of the School of Psychology, University of Leeds, involved questionnaires for all the group and breath or saliva tests for some. The researchers' report shows that targeting young people at age 11-14 is not enough to deter them from taking up smoking a couple of years later.

The new work built on a study begun in 1998, which involved seven visits to more than 1,500 children from the age of 11-12 until 13-14 at schools in the Leeds area.

Material pointing out the dangers of smoking and encouraging children's belief in their own ability to say 'no' was included at each of the earlier visits. According to the report, this appeared to reduce the level of smoking, in particular for those who attended each session and completed various tasks set by the research team.

However, having returned more than two years on, researchers argue that efforts such as this need to be repeated at more regular intervals if they are to have any long-term effect. For the latest study, 1134 young people aged 15-16 took part, of whom 809 were in the previous group.

More than half of the 15-16-year-olds questioned (56 per cent) said they had not had a puff of a cigarette in the past three months. But this compared with 75 per cent at age 13-14 who had not smoked during the previous term, and as many as 83 per cent in earlier sessions.

Researchers also found that pupils who knew they were having a breath or saliva test as well as answering questions were significantly more likely to admit to being a smoker (69 per cent compared with 61 per cent).

The previous study also found that whilst the figures for regular smoking were very similar for boys and girls at age 11-12, by the time they w
'"/>

Contact: Becky Gammon
becky.gammon@esrc.ac.uk
0179-341-3122
Economic & Social Research Council
22-Sep-2004


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Teenage highs and lows
2. Teenage hormone therapy to reduce adult height of tall girls linked to reduced fertility
3. Teenagers with cancer are missing out on vital services
4. UK Teenage Cancer Trust demands government action to aid young cancer patients
5. Teenage girls lacking in vitamin D
6. Teenage boys exposed to environmental pollutants
7. Teenagers, drinking and driving: a quick trip to the grave
8. Exercise Is The Best Means Of Weight Control In Teenagers
9. Higher Prices Wont Stop Teenage Smokers
10. Studies Find Public Policies For Children And Teenagers Not Very Effective
11. Combination Of Interventions Are Found To Be Most Effective In Improving Driving Behavior Among Teenagers

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/14/2016)... ... February 14, 2016 , ... With ProCel Parallax users now have the ability ... With ProCel Parallax each user has total control over angle of view, layer position, ... infinite possibilities. ProCel Parallax offers in and out animation, custom camera animations, text animations, ...
(Date:2/14/2016)... ... February 14, 2016 , ... Many eating disorder patients complete ... residence. The nature of the illnesses requires ongoing supervision, therapy and support. There ... work to make traditional appointments. These people struggle to maintain recovery or to ...
(Date:2/14/2016)... ... February 14, 2016 , ... ... Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) is promoting healthier living with heart failure ... Spices of Life! Healthy Living with Heart Failure will kick-off February 14 and ...
(Date:2/13/2016)... ... February 13, 2016 , ... Good news for ... in the area to offer AngioPlex™ Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Angiography, imaging technology ... macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other vascular conditions. , In just a few ...
(Date:2/13/2016)... ... ... in Sun City is the place to be on March 3rd to learn about the ... be hosting this educational seminar from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Exciting advancements will be ... In addition, prizes will be given away and light refreshments will be served. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/14/2016)... 14, 2016  Ennaid Therapeutics, located in ... help the millions of people worldwide when infected with the ... health emergency by the World Health Organization and the ... care in response to Zika,s explosive spread and is calling ... therapeutics and vaccines for those who contract it. ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... N.C. , Feb. 12, 2016  Clinical Affairs leaders at ... presence in emerging areas of the world. While some companies have ... lag in their clinical activity in countries such as ... China and India ... market products in those countries. --> China ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... Va. , Feb. 12, 2016   National ... Hoey , RPh, MBA issued the following statement today ... released by the Centers for Medicare & ... raised by NCPA, beneficiary advocates and others: ... raised. We are still reviewing the full CMS analysis. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: