More than half of India's teens think smoking lowers stress, betters concentration

Over 50% of teenagers in India smoke cigarettes because they believe it helps to bring down tension and makes them appear cool, says a survey.

The survey also shows that over 52% of teenagers believed that smoking helps increase concentration levels. Nearly 90% of teenagers said they would continue smoking if there is no resistance from their parents.

The survey warns that smoking is affecting society in a major way and it is acceptable for younger age groups to begin smoking and engage in other risky behaviour.

87% teenagers think that watching actors smoke in movies promotes smoking, while 78% said that celebrity figures in anti-smoking campaigns would help them quit.

Smoking is linked to many lifestyle related diseases and the survey shows that it is important to change the attitude of youngsters. Smoking kills over seven million people each year. It causes almost 90% of deaths from lung cancer, and around 17% of deaths from heart disease.

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