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Teen smoking plunges

The Local · 10 Feb 2012, 11:42

Published: 10 Feb 2012 11:42 GMT+01:00

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The Federal Centre for Health Education (FCDF) released the figures showing a noted decline between the years of 2001 and 2010 – with less than 12 percent of young people in the 12-17 age bracket identified themselves as smokers, down from 28 percent.

Several factors seem to be behind the drop in young smokers according to the FCDF, such as the nationwide anti-smoking campaign in 2003, climbing tobacco taxes and more schools banning on-campus cigarette breaks.

An increasing number of pubs and bars have also banned smoking indoors, which on a practical level have made it more difficult for young people to smoke socially.

The study also showed that while the number of young smokers has dropped, the amount of youths in the same age group who claim never to have tried a cigarette nearly doubled in the past decade.

In 2001, 40.5 percent of youths questioned by the FCDF said they had never tried one. In 2010, this figure was 70.8 percent.

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“Smoking is now seen as expensive and uncool,” said governmental health spokesman Jens Spahn.

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12:11 February 10, 2012 by pepsionice
Once they upgrade the cigarette machines in Germany and required a bank card to get smokes on the street....you could sense the beginning of the end here. You basically have to steal smokes from your parents, or find some guy on the street and hand them money to buy for you.
19:45 February 10, 2012 by Ralfsue
It would be good if the cigarette dispensers on the streets were to disappear entirely. How could this be achieved?
21:43 February 10, 2012 by willowsdad
It would be good if antismokers were to disappear entirely.
23:58 February 10, 2012 by derExDeutsche
I smoked for 17 years, at 2 packs a day for 10 of those years. Then I quit Cold Turkey 17 months ago. Best thing I ever did. I have gained a little weight, but that's about all. I can breathe again. I'm completely over the addiction. I don't even mind being around my smoker friends. I just feel kinda bad for them. I will sometimes catch myself giving people advice on quitting, but I don't get on peoples case. Its not easy to quit, the addiction lives in your subconscious.
00:32 February 11, 2012 by kjello
the cigarette dispensers are just another part of german society that is really outdated and oldfashioned. As much as I love to live in berlin and its old way of doing things, its sometime just "too" oldfashioned here. Being a norwegian, I have not even seen a cigarette dispenser in norway since the 70´s. In norway they have soon quit smoking all together....its really become a thing of the past.
00:41 February 11, 2012 by Omufu
I used to smoke about a pack a day, and it was a terrible feeling not to be able to stop. It wasn't the health issues or cost that bugged me, but the lack of control. Anyway, I can't remember how I found it, but I would HIGHLY recommend 'Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking' book. It sounds a little silly and gimmicky, but I read it, read it again, and then stopped cold with very little problem. If you really want to quit smoking, do yourself a favour and get hold of this book - even if you've tried everything else! (And follow ALL the instructions in the book as closely as possible!).
09:40 February 11, 2012 by Englishted

Why? If there was no demand they would not be there and nobody has been forced at gunpoint to use the machines as far as I know.
10:26 February 11, 2012 by janetd666

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05:17 February 12, 2012 by saverio
Its worked here in Canada where in our province where education in schools, anti smoking ads and the banning of smoking in all public buildings have been the major tools used to reduce the numbers of people smoking. Taxation to increase the price of cigarettes can be a double edged sword. If taxation is too heavy, it then enhances the problem of smuggling of black market cigarettes.
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