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School age smoking ring alarm bell

11 June, 2004

Responding to the Young Persons' Behaviour and Attitudes Survey, Sinn Féin health spokesperson, Upper Bann John O'Dowd MLA expressed extreme concern about the finding that over a third of pupils smoke at least once a week.

Mr. O'Dowd said:

"This is an alarming figure. Thousands of our children are being lured into this deadly habit. Meanwhile, the British government is refusing to address the problem. The British health minister, John Reid, thinks that working people should be subjected to smoke in their workplaces. The minister here, Angela Smith, is just as bad, telling workers that they will have to sue their employers if they want to have a safe, smoke-free working environment.

"What kind of messages do these responses give to children. The message coming out is that smoking really isn't that bad for you, certainly not bad enough for British ministers to do anything about it. It is time that they woke up to this deadly threat and took a lead in combating it".ENDS

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