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Redbridge has the UK’s lowest child smoking rate

PUBLISHED: 12:40 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:40 11 July 2017

Smoking rates among 15-year-olds have been analysed. Picture: Martin Rickett/ PA images

Smoking rates among 15-year-olds have been analysed. Picture: Martin Rickett/ PA images

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Instead of smoking behind the school sheds, most teenagers have said ‘on your bike’ to unhealthy cigarettes in Redbridge.

The borough has the lowest smoking rate amongst 15-year-olds in England, according to NHS data analysed by Vapourlites.com, with a percentage of 3.4.

We all might like to go to the seaside every now and then, but you will be inhaling more than fresh sea air as the popular costal resort of Brighton and Hove had the highest score of child smokers with 14.9 per cent.

Nationally 35% of 15-year-olds and 4% of 11-year-olds have smoked a cigarette and the data suggests that most regular smokers begin before the age of 16.

Charles Bloom, Vapourlites director said: “Statistics like these prove there is a need for more preventative measures and support.

“We are yet to surpass smoking as an issue and as it often starts with young people it would be foolish to overlook it.”


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