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No progress on keeping Alberta teens from tobacco: Report  

Disturbing trend means action needed
Jump to full article: Calgary (Alb) Herald, 2010-11-25
Author: Sarah McGinnis, Calgary Herald

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The Alberta government is missing its own targets for reducing smoking among teens, according to the Alberta Health and Wellness annual report.

Thirteen per cent of Alberta youth between 12 and 19 smoked last year, compared to the province's target of no more than 10 per cent.

Little has changed among these youngest smokers between 2003 and 2009, with teen smoking in this province fluctuating between 11 and 14 per cent.

"It's a very disturbing trend. It means governments will have to redouble their efforts to reduce and prevent tobacco use among young people," said Les Hagen, executive director of Action on Smoking and Health.

The lack of progress convincing kids to avoid cigarettes comes despite the province having recorded smoking levels at an all-time low in 2009 -- with national statistics showing only 18 per cent of all Albertans over the age of 15 are smokers.

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