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Peers and parents may have influenced drop in childhood smoking
by Cheryl Platzman Weinstock
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11 July 2018
On 11 July 2018 Reuters reported:
Two consecutive generations of children in the UK had dramatically different rates of smoking at an early age, and one major reason may be the changing socioeconomic status and behaviors of their parents and friends, researchers say. Children born in 1970 were 12 times more likely to have smoked a cigarette by age 10 or 11 compared with kids born in the early 2000s, the study team reports in the journal Addictive Behaviors.
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Overall, 14.5 percent of the kids born in 1970 had smoked at least one cigarette by age 10-11, while that was true for only 2.4 percent of the later generation.
In addition, while 14 percent of the kids born in 1970 had a friend at age 10-11 who smoked, just 5 percent in the later generation did.
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