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Canada's teenagers less likely to smoke now than in 1999

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 19 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:420
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Smoking among Canadians aged 15-19 years dropped from 28% in 1999 to 18% in 2003. But smoking among young adults aged 20-24 remained at 30%—the highest for any group of young people, and this group is the major target for tobacco advertising.

    These are findings of the Canadian tobacco use monitoring survey, conducted by the federal health department. Its primary objective is to track change annually in smoking status and amount smoked, especially in 15-24 year olds, who are most at risk for taking up smoking. The survey, which began in …

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