Nationwide survey highlights teenage smoking
About 9.4 million middle school students in China aged 13 to 15 have tried smoking and one-third have become tobacco users, the first nationwide survey on smoking among young people has found.
Among 155,000 junior high school students polled, nearly 20 percent had used tobacco and 6.9 percent became tobacco users, according to the Global Youth Tobacco Survey on China.
Release of the data came ahead of World No Tobacco Day, which falls on May 31 each year.
There is no legal age limit on smoking in China, but it is illegal to sell cigarettes to people under 16.