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Children leading the way to smokeless society?

Published on 15/09/2009
Some 96 per cent of British kids with a smoking parent wish they would give up the habit, according to new research.

A survey conducted by the Department of Health on behalf of the NHS Stop Smoking Services found younger generations have different attitudes to smoking than adults.

In fact, the questionnaire revealed that one in four children (27 per cent) believe that smoking could be stubbed out by 2030.

Commenting on the findings, Martin Dockrell, director of research and policy at Action on Smoking and Health (Ash), said: "We have a generation who have never been exposed to tobacco advertising. They have been growing up for the last couple of years in a smoke-free environment.

"The only way that we can effectively protect kids from second hand smoke is by convincing their parents to quit."

NHS statistics show that 337,054 people successfully quit smoking through the scheme during 2008/09, less than in the previous year.

In July, Cancer Research UK reported that women were more likely to say they smoked for stress relief and were twice as likely as men to say they smoked to help control their weight.
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