Study finds fewer youths are smoking
31 May 2006, BRUSSELS — A declining number of youths aged 10-17 are taking up smoking, new research has revealed.
31 May 2006
BRUSSELS — A declining number of youths aged 10-17 are taking up smoking, new research has revealed.
Some 12 percent of youths were smokers in 2006 compared with 15 percent in 2005.
The research also revealed, however, differences between the nation's various schooling systems.
In vocational education, students are less inclined to smoke because bans are often in place at training placements.
The number of youths aged 10-17 smoking in vocational education fell from 33 to 15 percent.
But students tend to smoke more in artistic education, news service VRT reported on Wednesday.
A spokesman for the consumer organisation study centre OIVO said a more liberal attitude pervades artistic education.
"Those youths have also often had a more liberal upbringing," spokesman Bram De Saedeleer said.
In general though, a majority of youths see smoking as an obstacle to a long-term relationship. Three out of five youths don't want to share their life with someone who smokes.
The age in which youths first have a cigarette has risen from 13 to 13 and nine months.
Youths still smoke relatively more then adults, however, and the study claimed that youths are not conscious that addiction starts with the first cigarette.
The study was carried out by the OIVO and the research bureau Rodin Foundation.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news