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England's youth smoking rate falls.

Byline: GAELLE WALKER

The number of English secondary school pupils who have ever smoked has dropped to its lowest ever level, the latest Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People 2018 report has revealed.

According to the biennial survey, 16% of pupils aged between 11 and 15 claimed to have smoked, down from 19% in 2016 and from 49% in 1996 when the survey first began. In 2018, 5% of pupils were classified as current smokers, also down from 6% in 2016 and significantly down from 22% in 1996.

The proportion of current smokers who said they managed to buy cigarettes from shops also fell, to 23% in 2018, down from 33% in 2016.

In 2018, the most common source of cigarettes for current smokers was to be given them by friends (57%). The number of current smokers who said they had bought cigarettes from the internet and via street markets rose marginally.

In 2018, a quarter of pupils also reported they had used electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) - the same as in 2016. Regular e-cig use (at least once a week) was 6% in 2018.

Pupils who had smoked were also much more likely to have used an e-cig.

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Fewer secondary school pupils in England are smoking than in 2016

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Date:Sep 6, 2019
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