Smoking in Children


  • Approximately 8.2% of 15 year olds in Wakefield are smokers (2014/15).
  • 5.5% of 15 year olds are regular smokers (2014/15).
  • 18.5% of 15 year olds use e-cigarettes (2014/15).

The Population

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The Burden

Smoking has been identified as the main reason why poorer people die younger. Children who smoke become addicted to nicotine very quickly, and they are more likely to continue to smoke; around two-thirds of people who smoke took up the habit before the age of 18. Children and young people who smoke are more susceptible to coughs, wheezing, and asthma-related symptoms, they are also at greater risk of developing lung cancer or heart disease later in life.

The Inequality

Service Provision

Community Assets


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