Fewer children smoking cigarettes

PUBLISHED: 13:58 22 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:07 15 June 2010

SMOKING among school children has fallen to its lowest level for 25 years, according to an NHS Information Centre survey.

SMOKING among school children has fallen to its lowest level for 25 years, according to an NHS Information Centre survey.Six per cent of pupils, mostly aged 11 to 15, smoked regularly in 2007 - the lowest figure recorded since the survey began in 1982.Drug and alcohol use among the same age group is also falling, according to the survey, Drug use, smoking and drinking among young people in England in 2007.It estimates that 20 per cent are likely to have drunk alcohol in the last seven days, compared to 26 per cent in 2001. And around 10 per cent are likely to have taken drugs (including glue and other volatile substances) in the last month, compared to 12 per cent in 2001.But the proportion taking Class A drugs within the last year has remained stable since 2001, at around four per cent. A total of 29 per cent reported either drinking, smoking or taking drugs recently, while four per cent reported doing all three.Comment on this story.


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