The Top 5 Countries with the Lowest Percentage of 11 Year Old Smokers
Percentage of 11 Year Old Males Who Smoke
Percentage of 11 Year Old Females Who Smoke
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Except in The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, reported rates of ever having smoked rise
more between 11 and 13 years of age than between 13 and 15. In almost half the countries and regions, these rates are at least three times higher for 13-year-olds than for 11-year-olds. The largest difference is observed in Malta, where the rate rises from 7% to 30%.
Among 11-year-olds, rates of ever having smoked are substantially higher for boys than for girls of the same age in almost all countries and regions.
Smoking rates are below 25% in 30 countries and regions at age 11, but only in 2 at age 13 and in none at age 15. Countries such as Greece, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the United States consistently show low rates across age groups, while Estonia, Greenland, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine show high rates.
The WHO identifies tobacco smoking as the leading cause of premature illness and death in developed countries, smoking was responsible for more than 14% of all deaths in the WHO European Region in 1999. Young people are more likely to be smokers if they have parents, older siblings and/or friends who smoke.
In the United States
80% of adult smokers reportedly started smoking before the age of 18.
Top 5 facts sources: Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study: international report
from the 2001/2002 survey