Withers, N.J., Low, J.L., Holgate, S.T. and Clough, J.B.
Smoking habits in a cohort of U.K. adolescents
Respiratory Medicine, 94, (4), . (doi:10.1053/rmed.1999.0746).
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Active smoking is an increasing problem amongst U.K. teenagers. The smoking habits of a cohort of 14–16-year-olds were determined and the association between regular active smoking and domestic and social factors investigated.
Current smoking habits of a cohort of 2289 14–16-year-olds were assessed using a simple postal questionnaire. Data concerning potential factors associated with active smoking were collected from questionnaire completed by parents.
Nine hundred and sixty-nine (44·8%) children admitted to having smoked at some time, with 562 (30·0%) having smoked in the previous 12 months. Three hundred and six (14·1%) children were regular smokers and 158 (51·6% of regular smokers, 7·3% of total cohort) smoked daily. Age, number of other children in the household, parental smoking, smoking sibling(s) and living in a single parent household were all independently associated with regular smoking.
Regular smoking was a significant problem amongst this cohort of teenagers. Living with other smokers, age, household size and living with one parent all predicted a regular smoking habit.
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