Can we stop teen smoking?

The adolescent years are a time of change, and entrenched in adolescence is a healthy curiosity combined with elements of risk-taking behaviour. Adding peer pressure can lead to experimentation with drugs, most commonly cigarettes and alcohol. 

Cigarette smoking remains one of the main disease-causing activities that is completely preventable. 

Studies of uptake of smoking in adolescence suggest much can be done to prevent this, usually a combination of education in the school setting, sound advice from parents and significant role models.

Central to this are the public health messages that smoking is contrary to a healthy lifestyle, can detract from your ability to perform optimally in sport and leads to chronic health conditions including peripheral vascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. 

Pricing is central to reducing cigarette smoking. Recently, the Federal Government increased the price