Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Young smokers at greater risk of cancer death

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(ANSA) - Rome, September 18 - People who start smoking in
their mid teens are at greater risk of developing potentially
fatal smoking-related diseases than those who start a decade
later, according to a study presented in Rome on Tuesday.
'Generation in smoke, strategies for not starting, tools
for stopping' compiled by the association I-think of centre-left
Senator and transplant surgeon Ignazio Marino shows that 15.9%
of boys and 21.8% of girls in the 15-24 age group smoke and that
around 87% of smokers have their first cigarette before they
reach 20.
A person who starts smoking aged 15 "is three times more
likely to die of cancer than someone who starts ten years later"
according to the study.
"The life of a regular smoker is around 10 years shorter
than that of a non-smoker and daily cigarette consumption (by
young smokers) is similar to that of an adult," said Marino.
Each year in Italy around 70,000 people die from
smoking-related diseases, with a cost to the national health
service of around 7 billion euros in 2011, or 7% of the overall
budget.

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