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  • MP ENCOURAGED BY FIGURES SHOWING MORE SCHOOL CHILDREN ARE SAYING NO TO CIGARETTES

    Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed a report from NHS England showing smoking among secondary school pupils has fallen by nearly a fifth in the last four years but said he remained concerned about the number who still say they are able to buy cigarettes despite being under the legal age to do so. 

    The figures show the number of secondary school children who have tried smoking a cigarette has fallen to 16% - down from 19% in 2016 and down from 49% in 1996. The proportion of pupils who said they had managed to buy cigarettes from shops has halved from 46% in 2014 to 23% in 2018.

    Mr Stride, who campaigned for the introduction of plain cigarette packaging in the UK, said:

    “Overall these are some very encouraging figures which show more secondary school pupils know the damage that smoking can cause and have the confidence to say no to cigarettes. This demonstrates that the combination of education, advertising bans and plain packaging is having an impact. While it is also encouraging that the number of pupils having been able to purchase cigarettes from a shop despite being underage has halved since 2014, clearly one instance of this still occurring is one instance too many.”

    Smoking among adults in England has fallen from 19.3% five years ago to 14.4%, with the rate continuing to drop every year. For help quitting visit www.nhs.uk/live-well

    Photo: Mel with Fiona Andrews, Director, Smokefree South West







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