10 May 2012
Schools that crack down on smoking could stub out the habit before it starts

Schools may be interested in the following research findings:


"Cracking down on youngsters who smoke and trade cigarettes in school could be the most effective way to reduce the number of teenagers who take up the habit, according to a new study from the Institute of Education, University of London.


Smoking and cigarettes are a key part of socialising for many teenagers. The researchers say tackling this in schools could be key to preventing the habit of smoking. Their research review, which examined data from more than 9,000 young smokers in seven surveys, found that friends are the most frequently reported source of tobacco."


In many schools, children were found to share cigarettes quite openly and some sell them to other students for profit. They also found evidence that young people see smoking as a way to bond with peers. Developing tough school policies that target the very visible – and apparently organised - exchange of tobacco among young people could make a substantial difference to reducing teenage smoking, say the researchers."


Read more on the Institute of Education website.