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Teenage smoking still 'worryingly high': Girls twice as likely as boys to puff away

ere 13 or 14, girls were twice as likely to be smokers (16 per cent compared with eight per cent).

In the latest work, this pattern was found to be continuing among the 15-16 age group, with 31 per cent of girls and 16 per cent of boys at that age now regularly indulging.

Dr Conner said: "From the results of our study, the pointers to someone in the first year of secondary school taking up smoking by the age of 15-16 are being a girl and having smoked when they were younger.

"For those who were non-smokers at age 13-14, pupils most likely to take up the habit by age 15-16 were those with a more positive attitude towards smoking, who lived with smokers, and had more friends who smoked than didn't. And, again, being a girl."

He added: "It is not clear from our results why girls are more likely to smoke. This is an area we'd like to devote more attention to in the future."


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


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