Letters

Smoking among secondary schoolchildren

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6999.265 (Published 22 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:265
  1. Anne Charlton,
  2. David White
  1. Director Statistician CRC Education and Child Studies Research Group, School of Epidemiology and Health Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PT

    EDITOR,--The prevalence of regular smoking among 11-15 year olds is alarmingly high and has not decreased much since 1982, when national surveys began.1 The Health of the Nation target for England--to reduce regular smoking in this age group from 8% in 1988 to 6% in 1994--has not been met. In 1992, 10% in this age group smoked regularly.2 But has the wrong target been set?

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    Proportions of 11-15 year old respondents in successive cross sectional surveys who had never …

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