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May 29, 2003

Education Up in Smoke?

A recent survey has shown that about 30% of high school students are habitual smokers, even though they realize the damage it does to their health. The Kizu public health office in Kyoto Prefecture, which surveyed more than 2,200 students, has called for anti-tobacco programs to be started earlier as about 30% of the students who smoke daily said they started the habit before the age of 12. A whopping 84% said they had started smoking by the time they entered high school. About 90% of the smokers said they bought cigarettes at vending machines. More than % said they understood that smoking was harmful to thier health.

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