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Pravda - Slovakia | Thursday, December 20, 2012

Youths above all need role models

Role models are more important than complicated regulations when it comes to deterring youths from smoking, the left-leaning daily Pravda writes: "The Slovakian Health Ministry will certainly work Brussels' ideas into the bill on tightening the smoking ban in public places and near schools. It's true, sales of cigarettes have sunk by one tenth in Slovakia in the past three years as a result of higher prices. But at the same time the number of youths that smoke has risen dramatically. Half of all kids under 13 have already had experience with nicotine. Strict rules make sense, but only when they're adhered to and violations are punished. More decisive is how parents, teachers and other adults - the people who act as role models for children - behave with regard to smoking. "

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