Youth start smoking younger

30th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

30 May 2007, AMSTERDAM – Young people are starting to smoke at a younger age. On average young smokers light up for the first time at the age of 14.9 years.

30 May 2007

AMSTERDAM – Young people are starting to smoke at a younger age. On average young smokers light up for the first time at the age of 14.9 years.

That is a full six months earlier than in 1989, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

Men stop smoking when they reach the age of 36 on average, after smoking for about 18 years. Women stop 3 years earlier on average, usually after having smoked for almost 16 years.

Three-quarters of all smokers quit before the age of 43.

Last year almost three in ten Dutch people aged 12 and older smoked. Four in ten had never smoked, and three in ten had quit.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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