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Child Smokers: Number Taking Up Smoking Rises
4:09pm 4th June 2013
Pirate FM has learnt that by the end of the day, five schoolchildren in Cornwall will have taken up smoking.
Last year, 1924 started smoking.
That is the equivalent of an entire class of 11 to 16 year olds each week.
Fiona Adams from Smokefree Southwest reckons some of it could be being fuelled by bootleg fags: "It's worrying because illegal tobacco brings criminals into communities and that includes Cornwall and it brings them into contact with children.
"Illegal tobacco is often bought at pocket money prices, selling for less than half the price of legally sold product. That often means it can be as little as £1.50 for ten. That is a problem because it makes it possible for kids to find the money to buy them."
The figures have been released as the government launches a new campaign to increase awareness of the hidden dangers of smoking in homes and cars.
TV adverts will show that smoking out of a car window or the back door is not enough to protect children from second-hand smoke.
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