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Under-18 ban 'cut teenage smoking rates'


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Under-18 ban 'cut teenage smoking rates'

Teenage smoking rates in England have dropped since the legal age for buying cigarettes rose from 16 to 18, research by University College London suggests.

Researchers surveyed more than 1,000 teenagers aged 16 and 17 before and after the age rise in October 2007.


Smoking rates in this age group dropped significantly, from 24% before the law change to about 17% after it. Smoking rates in over 18s remained unchanged.


Cancer Research UK said it showed tobacco policy could make a difference. More …