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10 facts on gender and tobacco

A group of young boys smoking
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Boys and girls start using tobacco for different reasons

Many more girls than boys smoke in the false belief that it is a good way to control weight. Low self-esteem is associated with smoking among girls, and available evidence from some developed countries shows that girls have lower self-esteem than boys. Tobacco control strategies must recognize that boys' and girls' decisions to start using tobacco are influenced by different cultural, psychosocial and socioeconomic factors.

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