Teen Boys Smoking Linked to Stores Near Schools

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A study out of Canada has linked smoking among teenage boys to whether a store that sells cigarettes is near their school.

The Toronto Star reports that the study out of the University of Waterloo looked at 35,000 students from 76 high schools in Ontario.

It found that teen boys who had never smoked were slightly more likely try cigarettes if their school was within a one-kilometer radius of a store that sold them. The closer the store, the higher the odds of boys becoming full-time smokers.

Oddly, the closeness of a cigarette-selling store had no effect on whether teenager girls would smoke.

The study recommends that the government “be cautious when granting licenses for establishments to sell tobacco products.”

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