Thursday, August 18, 2005

Teens Say 'Nak' : One in four aged 13-17 puffing away

By Annie Freeda Cruez

Lung-cancer victims are getting younger. With more smoking at a younger age,
even 18-year-olds are seeking treatment.

More sobering statistics:

• Nearly 25 per cent of Malaysian youth smoke, most of them between 13 and 17.
• A third of all smokers nationwide are young women.
• In rural areas, children as young as six smoke.

A recent study of 200 cancer patients revealed that about two-thirds started
smoking early in life.

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