An increasing number of children under 15 years old have started to smoke during the last 40 years in Europe.
Researchers have looked at 120,000 people from 17 European countries and one of the questions asked was when they started smoking between 1970 and 2009.
The data showed that all age groups have experienced a decline in the numbers starting smoking in this time span, except for the age group 11 – 15 years old, especially during the last 10 years.
The results showed that smoking increased most amongst young women in Western Europe, where around 40 per 1000 start smoking every year, compared to 20 in 1970. For young men in Northern Europe, the numbers have remained relatively constant.
To read more about smoking amongst children, go to: The youngest smoke more | Faculty of Medicine | University of Bergen