18 January 2012

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The number of young Scots who smoke has fallen to its lowest level in almost 30 years a survey has found. Latest statistics show in 2010 just 3 per cent of 13 year olds and 13 per cent of 15 year olds are regular smokers, smoking at least one cigarette a week.

Drinking alcohol also appears to have lost its edge with teens according to the latest Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS).

Just under half of all 13 year olds in Scotland admitted to ever having tried alcohol – down from 52 per cent in 2008 to 44 per cent in 2010. The number of 15 year olds who have ever tried alcohol has also decreased to 77 per cent.

Only 14% of 13 year olds and just over a third of 15 year olds said they had drunk alcohol in the last week.

Experimenting with drugs is even less common amongst young people. Only one in five 15 year olds admitted to having ever used drugs while just five per cent of 13 year olds said they’d ever tried drugs.

Only 11 per cent of 15 year olds and 3 per cent of 13 year olds reported that they had used drugs in the last month – a significant decrease on the figure from 2004. The report found cannabis was the most common drug, particularly among 15 year olds while “very few” pupils reported using any other drug.

These statistics show that smoking, drinking alcohol and taking drugs are not as common as you think amongst young Scots. So get the facts. Call Know the Score on 0800 587 5879 if you want to talk to an advisor about drugs.

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