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  Teens struggle to quit smoking
Updated 13 March 2002, 14.51
Time to quit smoking!
It's National No Smoking Day - and even though quitting could save your life, many teenagers still struggle to stub out their habit.

Zac is trying to give up
Zac is trying to give up
Zac, 16, has been smoking since he was 10 and feels the effect of smoking on his health.

"I used to be able to run kind of far, now I can't cos I smoke too much and I've got a nasty cough," he explained.

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Sarah, 16, is also a smoker and she has found it difficult to give up: "I didn't realise it would be so hard as it was", she told us.

Fact File
Smoking facts
450 children in the UK start smoking every day
Four out of five smokers start when they're teenagers
30% of people in the UK smoke
Fewer people are giving up
Two thirds of all kids under 16 have tried smoking
Smoking causes a fifth of all coronary heart disease in UK
Smoking can cause heart disease, strokes and even eye problems, as well as making your teeth yellow and your breath really smelly.

Smoker Bill, 16, is trying hard to give up so he can get the job he wants.

"I want to be in the navy but basically you need to be fit enough... so you can't be smoking all the time."

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Smoking kills 70,000 people every year in the UK.

There are now two easy ways to get more help in giving up:

  • Phone Quitline on 0800 002200
  • Try the new website at www.sickofsmoking.com (the link is in the list to the right of this column)

The British Medical Association have also used No Smoking Day to call on the government to ban all advertising encouraging people to smoke.

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