More than 10% of teens worldwide smokers
Research shows that about 11 percent of teenagers aged 13 to 15 around the world consume tobacco products such as cigarettes and cigars.[wp_ad_camp_2] Smoking is one of the leading causes of fatal and serious preventable diseases, which causes the death of about six million people a year, the researchers said in a report on tobacco consumption among young people prepared by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The researchers note that most smokers acquire this habit in their teens.
The researchers looked at studies of adolescents in 61 countries between 2012 and 2015.
They found that half of the countries had a smoking rate of at least 15 percent for boys and at least 8 percent for girls.
“It turns out that smoking affects almost every member of the body,” said René Arazola, who led the study, from the Department of Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and showed that most adult smokers start smoking during adulthood.
“Young people who start smoking at an early age are more susceptible to long-term nicotine addiction than those who start older,” Arazola said in an e-mail to Reuters.
“Therefore, efforts to combat smoking among young people are essential to prevent a new generation of adult smokers with diseases and deaths associated with this habit,” he said.
Among the countries surveyed, the lowest rate of smoking among adolescents in Sri Lanka was 1.17 percent, while the highest in East Timor was 35 percent.
At least half of the worldwide smokers said they wanted to quit.
Karam Haj, who did not participate in the study, noted that country-wide policies could affect adolescent smoking.
“Cultural values and customs in their countries are the most influential, followed by economic factors (prices and taxes), age restrictions and whether they have laws on indoor smoking prevention,” he said.