Teens in Russia began to smoke less

Teens in Russia began to smoke less

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that adolescents in the Russian Federation became less smoking and abusing alcohol.

According to data published by the WHO Regional Office for Europe, the number of 13-year-old girls who smoke at least once a week, fell by almost three times. Indicators of weekly smoking among 15-year-old girls and boys also dropped significantly.

Alcohol consumption, which rose steadily from 1998 to 2006, also declined significantly among both girls and boys.

"It's good that the Russian teenagers seem to choose a healthy lifestyle, and thus set a good example to his parents," — said the head of the WHO Regional Office for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab.

The study conducted by a group of scientists led by Professor Oleg Shurganova of the St. Petersburg Research Institute of Physical Culture.

According to the report, 11 -, 13 — and 15-year-olds in Russia there is, in general, a high level of satisfaction with their lives. True, the authors noted the low level of physical activity of Russian teenagers.

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