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Young Girls use tobacco equally with Boys in Many Parts of the World.

Published on May 4th, 2007 18:05

The diffusion of smoking among teenagers does not demonstrate such a distinct dependence as it takes place among adults. New data of a global research shows that young girls are smoking cigarettes as much as young boys almost. It also shows that girls and boys use non-cigarette tobacco products such as spit tobacco, and water pipes at similar proportions.

The Global Youth Tobacco Survey studied tobacco usage in over one million adolescents from more than 150 countries. The data obtained can have a significant importance for the prophylactic measures planning.

According to certain study of young people ages 13 to 15, no gender difference was revealed in more than half of the sites surveyed for cigarette smoking and in more than 70 per cent of the sites surveyed for other tobacco products usage. They were earlier based on patterns of tobacco use among adults, which stated women are only about one-fourth part of those who smoke cigarettes.

The insufficiency of gender differences in cigarette smoking was discovered in five of the six World Health Organization (WHO) regions; Moreover, no substantial gender difference exists in rates of other tobacco products use at more than half of the same regions. Only the Eastern Mediterranean Region had a majority of boys meaningfully more likely to smoke cigarettes and use other tobacco products.