Italian teenagers are Europe’s biggest smokers

In Italy, 37 percent of 14-16-year-olds pronounced they had smoked in a past month – a top rate of all 35 European countries surveyed, and good above a normal of 21 percent.

The consult by Espad (European School Survey Project on Alcohol and other Drugs) saw students from 35 European countries, with a UK and Germany not included, questioned about their use of tobacco, ethanol and drugs.

Across a continent as a whole, teenage smoking was on a decline, and an normal of 54 percent had never even illuminated a cigarette.

Those who did fume were also holding adult a robe after in life, solely in 4 countries including Italy, where a series of children starting to fume before reaching 13 had increasing over a past decade. The other 3 countries bucking a trend were Cyprus, France and Romania.

Iceland and Norway had a lowest rates of teen smokers, with 6 and 10 percent respectively describing themselves as ‘habitual’ smokers.

The other area where Italians scored rarely was cannabis consumption; 21 percent certified to immoderate it, a figure most aloft than a normal of 16 percent. However, Italy’s students were usually a third biggest users of a drug. a Czech Republic surfaced a list with a figure of 37 percent, followed by France during 31 percent.

Italy introduced a set of laws directed to quell smoking progressing this year, including some-more warnings on packets, and looseness bans for shops found to be offered cigarettes to under-18′s.

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