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Teens key to quitting

19th February 2009

A survey has revealed that teenagers are worried about parents that smoke.


The poll was undertaken among teenagers with parents that smoke as part of a new NHS smokefree advertising campaign.

It revealed that 46% of those interviewed are more worried about their parents smoking than anything else in their lives.

The NHS smokefree campaign begins on 23 February and will show that teenagers are feeling increasingly responsible for their parents’ health.

Some with 65% were worried about their parents’ smoking and 88% concerned about the impact this has on their parents’ health. With nearly 9 in 10 learning about health at school, 43% claim they understand the risks of smoking better than their parents.

Further findings show that: 29% of teenagers feel they are the ‘health experts’ in the family; 75% have asked or told their parents to stop; 43% are angry that their parents won’t listen to them.

One pupil, 15-year old Stephen Carter-Woodhead from Huddersfield, said: "As soon as I learned at school about what smoking can do to you, I was on at my mum about giving up.

"I was worried she might get cancer and also about the effects her smoking might have on us. It’s taken three years for her to take some action but I’m really proud that she has finally given up."

Paul Lambert, Local NHS Stop Smoking Adviser from Leeds, said: "Many referrals to local NHS Stop Smoking Services are as a result of teenagers telling their parents what they need to know."


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