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- 15 Nov 2005
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Luckily, they're dying out. The country will be better off without them.I do believe that smokers pay rather a lot of tax.
Maintaining the numbers of smokers has always depended on the fag companies advertising and sponsorship to show the glamour of emphysema, bronchitis and oral cancer so they can attract sufficient 11-year-old recruits to compensate for the large numbers of their customers that they kill.
I was delighted to see that the number of smoking schoolchildren has been dropping from 18% in 2001 to 5% in 2014.
Can anyone fail to be delighted?
Smoking in young people, Age 11-16, England, Source: NHS Digital
"But again it is difficult to work out quite how much of that is down to the 2007 legislation.
When you look at drinking rates, drug use or teenage pregnancy numbers, they tell a similar story.
There is a clear pattern - the young have changed the way they behave.
This consistent trend has not yet been properly explained. One of the few convincing theories centres on social media - the idea is that young people spend so much of their time online that it has replaced other vices."
Interestingly, the number of smokers among over-60's is only about 11%. Perhaps this is because so many of them have sadly not reached old age.