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Quitting help for young smokers
A scheme to help young people to stop smoking is being set up on the Isle of Man, ahead of the island's ban.

Smoking will not be allowed in some public places from March this year.

The Department of Health and Social Security is starting the new service in secondary schools to help support young people who want to give up.

It will offer confidential advice and nicotine replacement therapy. Figures show the average age for children on the island to try smoking is 11.

'Stop now'

By 14 or 15 about 20% of teenagers are smoking daily.

Eddie Teare MHK, Minister for Health and Social Security said: "In an ideal world, there would be no need for this service.

"However, in reality, nicotine addiction caused by smoking, does affect young people.

"It is vital that government works to help these young people quit smoking now, before they spend a lifetime addicted to cigarettes."

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