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Smoking children

IN SLOVAKIA, 64 percent of children have tried smoking. The nation is thus among the countries with the highest rate of young smokers, the daily Národná obroda reported.

In a nationwide survey, the National Health Institute found that almost a fourth of children actively smoke, and 12 percent smoke cigars.

Almost 80 percent of children encountered no problems buying cigarettes at stores or newsstands.

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