Study Reveals the Number of Child Smokers in Abu Dhabi Double the Global Average!
Underage children smoking are double the average global!
According to study conducted on expatriate school children in Abu Dhabi 62% have tried smoking tobacco, reported an article in thenational.ae. But the shocking factor in this bit of news according to World Health Organization the figure is double!
Based on UAE results from five private high schools doctors figured a disturbing trend which could escalate the risk of youths trying substances. 48% of teenagers between 13-14 years said they have friends who were regular smokers.
However, a Global Youth Tobacco Survey in 2001 stated that teenagers of 13-15 years in 43 countries on an average of 33% have tried cigarettes and 24% have smoked before the age of 10.
A pediatrician at Prime Hospital in Garhoud, Dr Rouba Manachi said in the sdame article that, “Smoking and other tobacco use in kids is a serious problem, which affects their health in different aspects. Tobacco contains nicotine, which is a highly addictive drug. The younger the age, the greater the harm is likely to be. It is also a risk factor for future use of marijuana, cocaine and alcohol.”
Principal of Greenfield Community School in Dubai Andrew Wood stated that “I was surprised to read the statistics, which were higher than I expected. I’m a firm believer that children watch what we do rather than do what we say.”
More than half of the respondents said that they had no trouble smoking shisha, despite their age. A general practitioner at iCare Clinics Dr Sonia Gupte said, “Teenagers who smoke are three-times more likely than non-smokers to use alcohol, and eight times more likely to have drug abuse problems. Smoking is associated with a host of other risky behavior”.