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Tobacco, hashish--knowledge and habits in schools

Tobacco, hashish--knowledge and habits in schools

Ugeskrift for Laeger 152(47): 3540-3541

A questionnaire investigation was carried out among pupils in the seventh and ninth grades of schools in the County of Roskilde in 1988-1989 to eluciate their knowledge and habits where tobacco and hash were concerned. A total of 4,044 pupils replied to the questionnaire. The investigation was anonymous. 5.7% of the pupils in the seventh grade and 9.7% of the pupils in the ninth grade stated that they smoked daily. At parties, 15.6% of the 13-year-olds and 35% of the 15 year-olds smoke. 0.5% of the 13 year-olds and 35% of the 15 year-olds smoke. 0.5% of the 13 year-olds and 44% of the 15 year-olds smoke more than ten cigarettes daily. 2.4% of the pupils in the seventh grade and 12.8% of those in the ninth grade had tried smoking hash. Differences were found between various municipalities and various schools. A total of 1.3% of the 15 year-olds are considered to be regular users of hash. The number of young tobacco smokers is still high and is probably influenced by the attitudes of parents, siblings and peers. Attempts to reduce the numbers of young smokers and to involve the parents in the problem are important. The number of hash smokers is alarming as these adolescents may obtain stronger drugs through the same channels as they obtain hash. It is important that all persons involved in youth welfare should combine their activities in combating these dangers.

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