Teenagers whose mothers smoked during pregnancy, or whose parents or friends smoke, are more likely to smoke themselves.

The findings come from a new study carried out at Imperial College London and published today in the journal Thorax, which highlights caregivers and friends as key drivers of children trying and taking up cigarette smoking.

The study, which looked at data on more than 11,500 children across the UK, shows that despite declining smoking rates in the UK since the 1970s, large numbers of early teens (aged approximately 14 years old) are still trying, or continuing, to smoke.

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