NHS Digital reports on trends on smoking and drinking in school age children

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New Statistics on Smoking and Drinking in the UK in Secondary School Age Children

New research from NHS Digital has found that secondary school pupils in the UK are increasingly rejecting smoking cigarettes.

The most recent survey found that only 16% of pupils have ever tried tobacco compared to 49% in 1996 and 19% in 2016.

Worryingly though, 25% of pupils have tried drugs, including cannabis and nitrous oxide (laughing gas).

The research also found that –

  • 30% of 15 year olds and 13% of all secondary school aged pupils think it is ok to try cannabis.
  • 25% had used an e-cigarette.
  • 17% drink alcohol at least once a month, compared to 38% of 15 year old and 2% of 11 year olds.
  • 6% drink at least once a week.

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