New report reveals data on smoking, drinking and drug use among young people
4 August 2015
A new survey carried out by NatCen Social Research (NatCen) and NFER on behalf of the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) reports on the percentage of pupils who have ever smoked, tried alcohol or taken drugs in England.
It contains results from an annual survey of secondary school pupils in England in years 7 to 11 (mostly aged 11 to 15). A total of 6,173 pupils in 210 schools completed questionnaires in the autumn term of 2014. The emphasis of the 2014 survey was on smoking and drinking whilst still containing some information on drugs. Relationships between smoking, drinking and drug use were explored along with the links between smoking, drinking and drug use and other factors such as age, gender, ethnicity and previous truancy or exclusion.
New areas included in the survey for the first time were e-cigarettes, waterpipe tobacco, legal highs and energy drinks.