- Smoking is the main cause of preventable illness and premature death in Britain.
- Smoking among young people has been falling steadily but still presents a significant health threat.
- Young smokers are at increased risk of illegal drug use.
- Drug education can reduce levels of smoking among young people if it is interactive and focused on young people’s skills, attitudes and values, including correcting young people’s overestimates of smoking prevalence.
- If young people’s uptake of smoking is delayed they have a better chance of quitting successfully in later life – this means that interventions which achieve this can be cost-effective.
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