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Audit, research and guideline update
Child uptake of smoking by area across the UK
  1. Nicholas S Hopkinson1,
  2. Adam Lester-George2,
  3. Nick Ormiston-Smith3,
  4. Alison Cox3,
  5. Deborah Arnott2
  1. 1The NIHR Biomedical Research Unit of Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and Imperial College, London, UK
  2. 2Action on Smoking and Health, London, UK
  3. 3Cancer Research UK, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nicholas S Hopkinson, The NIHR Biomedical Research Unit of Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and Imperial College, Royal Brompton Hospital, Fulham Rd, London SW3 6NP, UK; n.hopkinson{at}ic.ac.uk

Abstract

Smoking is a major public health problem. As smokers age and die prematurely, the tobacco industry must continue to recruit new, young smokers. Survey data indicate that currently in the UK around 207 000 children aged 11–15 start smoking every year. We used local data on adult smoking rates to apportion national data on child smoking uptake to specific areas. The presentation of data for individual local authorities, which now have responsibility for public health, can be used to focus attention locally. For example, this analysis demonstrates that each day, 67 children, more than two classrooms full, start smoking in London.

  • Tobacco and the lung
  • Clinical Epidemiology

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