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Title: Harms of cigarette smoking: call to increase knowledge among children
Authors: Lonergan, B
Harding, V
Cohen, H
Wylleman, E
Cohen, R
Stebbing, J
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Although the major burden of disease caused by smoking is observed in the adult population, two-third of smokers start before the age of 18 years. Reducing the number of young smokers could lead to marked improvements to the health of the UK population and save billions of pounds in National Health Service finances. However, very little is known about what makes children decide to not smoke or to quit early. We believe that increased awareness of the health risks associated with smoking will reduce smoking uptake among children. This study identifies a significant lack of knowledge among children aged 11-17 years at two London secondary schools and potentially identifies an area for improving our antismoking programmes. Although 80% of pupils cited lung cancer as being a smoking-related disease, very few other conditions could be recalled. We must do all we can to reduce smoking uptake in children. Understanding their baseline knowledge is the first step towards addressing the deficits in our current antismoking programmes.
Issue Date: 31-Jan-2019
Date of Acceptance: 13-Jul-2017
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/57129
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1097/CEJ.0000000000000409
ISSN: 0959-8278
Publisher: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Start Page: 54
End Page: 57
Journal / Book Title: European Journal of Cancer Prevention
Volume: 28
Issue: 1
Copyright Statement: © 2018 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.
Sponsor/Funder: National Institute for Health Research
Funder's Grant Number: NIHR-RP-011-053
Keywords: Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Oncology
awareness
children
health risks
perception
smoking
Adolescent
Child
Cigarette Smoking
Female
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Humans
Lung Neoplasms
Male
Smoking Cessation
Smoking Prevention
Students
Surveys and Questionnaires
Humans
Lung Neoplasms
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Smoking Cessation
Students
Adolescent
Child
Female
Male
Surveys and Questionnaires
Cigarette Smoking
Smoking Prevention
1112 Oncology and Carcinogenesis
Oncology & Carcinogenesis
Publication Status: Published
Conference Place: England
Online Publication Date: 2019-01-31
Appears in Collections:Department of Surgery and Cancer