Tobacco use among French children
Health behaviour is often acquired in childhood or adolescence. As children who start to smoke at an early age have an increased risk of developing tobacco-related diseases while still young, tobacco smoking in this age group is a real public health problem. One way to fight this plague is to identify the risk factors for such addictive behaviour; indeed, the key to successful health promotion may be efficient, adequate education starting at a young age. In order to achieve long-term results and a healthy population in the years to come, it is crucial to concentrate our efforts on school-age children. The objectives of this study were, first, to quantify pupils’ smoking habits and knowledge about tobacco and secondly to evaluate the population in one region of France at risk of becoming smokers.
KeywordsNicotine Smoke Plague
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