Languages
Page last updated at 14:58 GMT, Thursday, 11 March 2010

Young people in Jersey 'lead healthier lifestyles now'

Teenage girl smoking a cigarette
Children aged between 12 and 15 are most likely to take up smoking

The health of young people in Jersey has improved over the past decade, the medical officer of health has said.

A health survey has shown that there has been a downward trend in unhealthy behaviour among teenagers, such as inactivity, smoking and drinking.

Dr Rosemary Geller said when the questionnaire was first given to Jersey pupils more than a decade ago they were more unhealthy than their UK peers.

But she said that trend had now reversed thanks to new health projects.

A lot of work has been done in schools that has helped discourage unhealthy behaviour, said Dr Geller.

And broader health initiatives, such as increasing the price of cigarettes, had also helped, she said.

But Dr Geller told BBC Jersey more still needed to be done to prevent young people from smoking.

The survey showed the ages between 12 and 15 years old were the most likely for children in Jersey to take up smoking.



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
New survey into underage drinking
18 Dec 09 |  Jersey
Lax parents 'fuel binge drinking'
17 Dec 09 |  Health
Stark warning over alcohol trends
29 Jan 09 |  Jersey
'No alcohol' urged for under-15s
29 Jan 09 |  Health
Police in binge drinking warning
25 Jul 07 |  Jersey
Anger over binge drinking payment
23 Feb 05 |  Guernsey

RELATED BBC LINKS

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific