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  It should be harder for kids to get cigarettes
Updated 03 January 2003, 13.32
Two teenagers smoking
Beckie, 15, thinks that the government should make it harder for teenagers to start smoking.

"At the moment the law in England means that once 16, children can legally buy and smoke cigarettes, but I think this should be changed.

There also needs to be tougher policing to stop people selling to under age kids.


If the age were raised, and more restrictions were in place, it would make it harder for kids to get hold of cigarettes, and the harder it is to get hold of them, the less likely they are to become addicted.

If addicted from a young age, the affects on a person's health can be enormous, and one in three smokers die of smoking-related illnesses.

New Year's resolution

Not only can smokers be affected but those around them can suffer from passive smoking, and could contract diseases without even picking up a cigarette.

I hope that one day the government decides to alter the rules on buying and selling cigarettes, so that no more teenagers start smoking.

Until then, we can only wish that every smoker's New Year's resolution would be to quit, and that they would all be able to stick to it.

For their sake as well as for everybody else."

Beckie , 15, Gloucestershire

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