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Headteachers Claim Smoking Figures Are Down

Monday September 30 2013




THE number of schoolchildren smoking has reduced significantly over the last few years according to headteachers - despite new figures revealing that almost 1,000 pupils in Barnsley start smoking every year.

Figures from Cancer Research UK show that 951 pupils, some as young as 11, take up the habit.

But headteachers at town centre secondary schools Holy Trinity and Horizon Community College said it was not a massive problem.

Simon Barber, headteacher of Holy Trinity, Athersley, said: "You’re always going to have a handful of students who smoke and you try to do as much as possible to encourage them to lead healthy lifestyles.

"But they grow up in a world outside of school where cigarettes are available.

"Cigarettes are part of life and when they start smoking outside of school they become addicted and want to smoke in school."

Paul Gallagher, co-principal at Horizon Community College, agreed the number of students who were regular smokers had reduced.

He said the school invested considerably in student health, adding: "We had a massive presentation last year when we gave all the facts about smoking."

The figures were released as part of Cancer Research UK’s ‘Setting the Standard’ campaign to discouraged young people from starting to smoke.

A spokesman for Public Health Barnsley said current data backed up the headteachers’ claims.

He said the proportion of children who smoke often or daily has decreased this year, with 6.5 per cent of boys and 13.2 per cent of girls stating that they smoke regularly, compared with 17.6 per cent of boys and 20.9 per cent of girls in 2010.

Cllr Chris Lamb, council spokesman for public health, said: "One child smoking in Barnsley is still one too many and this is a reflection of high smoking rates in the town and the efforts of the tobacco industry to recruit new smokers."

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Reply Posted by me on Tuesday October 1 2013 at 11:12
try shafton alc they cant say the same

Reply Posted by Hi on Tuesday October 1 2013 at 11:25
There are looads of smokers in Horizon, and I mean, LOADS

Reply Posted by mae brussel on Tuesday October 1 2013 at 18:05
I keep repeating myself that statistics and peoples brains do not work together.
When people want to do things they are going to get into trouble for.
They dont stop,they do it when no one is looking.
Stupid statistics

Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 10:46
Amount of kids smoking outside Shafton ALC is rediculous.