If you’re distressed by the picture, wait till you learn that 80 percent of mainland junior secondary school students first smoked at age 13 or earlier.
The figure comes from a survey on tobacco consumption among Chinese youngsters. The sample covered 150,000 students in 1,020 schools in 31 provinces.
More than 6 percent of junior secondary students are smokers, 30 percent of whom have become tobacco-reliant, Southern Metropolis Daily reported Thursday, citing the survey.
The study also found that 19.4 percent of student smokers usually smoke in schools, 14.8 percent in internet shops and 13.7 percent at home.
About 80 percent grow up to become regular smokers, the report said.
The study was released by the National Health and Family Planning Commission and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention to coincide with the 27th World No Tobacco Day, which was highlighted by a call for increased tobacco taxes to discourage smoking by Chinese teenagers.
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