Na­tion­wide sur­vey high­lights teenage smok­ing

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

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.

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