Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

Youth and tobacco

The vast majority of smokers begin using tobacco products well before the age of 18 years. It was predicted that if the pattern seen nowadays continued, a lifetime of tobacco use would result in the deaths of 250 million children and young people alive today, most of them in developing countries.

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