Smoking among Wakefield kids has fallen, survey shows

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A survey of smoking among school children in the district found that 20 per cent had tried cigarettes - but rising numbers of kids were choosing not to smoke.

The survey of 3,416 primary and secondary pupils found that 80 per cent had never tried smoking, compared to 70 per cent when the study was last carried out in 2011.

It also found that four per cent of pupils described themselves as occasional or regular smokers, falling from nine per cent in 2011.

Year five primary school pupils and kids in year nine of secondary school took part in the Health Related Behaviour Survey, which is used by district health bosses to collect information about young people’s lifestyles.

Health experts said tobacco use among young people had declined because of new laws on smoking in public places, a ban on tobacco advertising and better education of the dangers of smoking.

Dr Andrew Furber, the district’s director of public health, said: “We’re committed to reducing smoking prevalence in Wakefield, so it’s positive to see that more young people are choosing not to smoke.”