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Decline in teenage smoking with rise in mobile phone ownership: hypothesis

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 04 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1155
  1. Anne Charlton, emeritus professor,
  2. Clive Bates, director (
  1. School of Epidemiology and Health Sciences, University of Manchester, Stopford Building, Manchester M13 9PT
  2. Action on Smoking and Health, London EC2A 4HW

    EDITOR—The good news is that the seemingly inexorable rise in teenage smoking in Britain has reversed. A sharp decline in the late 1990s has been as fast as the rise in the early 1990s. The table shows changes since the peak in 1996.1

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    Percentages of teenagers who smoked weekly in 1996 and 19991

    We hypothesise that the fall in youth smoking and the rise in ownership of mobile phones among adolescents are related. The functions that …

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