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A NEW STUDY has shown that smoking levels among 13-15-year-olds in 40% of countries surveyed across the globe remained unchanged or increased between 1999 and 2018.

The study from the Lancet Child and Adolescent Health journal found differing rates of tobacco use across 140 countries depending on differences in tobacco control measures such as bans on cigarette promotions and advertising. Professor Bo Xi from Shandong University in China, who is the lead author of the study, said there are “still large numbers of young people smoking” despite the majority of countries decreasing cigarette use.