Reducing alcohol and tobacco use among adolescents

Copenhagen and St. Petersburg, February 15, 2013

Data published by the WHO Regional Office for Europe, show a significant decrease in alcohol and tobacco use among adolescents of the Russian Federation. In particular, according to the latest report of the study "The behavior of school-age children in health" (HBSC) by 13-year-old girls who smoke at least once a week, has dropped by almost a factor of 3. Indicators weekly smoking among 15-year-old girls and boys also decreased significantly.

The level of alcohol consumption, which rose steadily from 1998 to 2006, also declined significantly among both girls and boys.

Although rates of alcohol and tobacco in the Russian Federation and remain high in comparison with many of the 39 countries and regions participating in the study HBSC, they are, however, lower than in any of the countries formerly part of the Soviet Union.

In this regard, Regional Director for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO noted the following: "It is good that Russian adolescents seem to choose a healthy lifestyle, thus setting a good example for their parents. However, the report also highlighted the areas where it is desirable to modify the policies and strategies aimed at teenagers — for example, to encourage their greater physical activity that is necessary for good health in the future. "

The study conducted by a group of scientists led by Professor Oleg Shurganova of the St. Petersburg Research Institute of Physical Culture, who made the following statement: "The Russian government has recently taken a number of steps aimed at reducing the use of tobacco and alcohol use among adolescents, and this has led to positive changes in their health behavior. We also see that in the Russian Federation carried out a comprehensive program of health promotion in educational institutions, as well as the strategy for the development of sport bring forth good fruit, which, in particular, reflected in increasing levels of physical activity in the population as a whole. We hope that we can achieve the same results, and in the age group of 11 to 15 years in the very near future. "

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