Nearly one-third of secondary school students in Harare, Zimbabwe, have ever smoked, a study reports. The percentage of boys who have ever smoked (37.8 percent) was significantly much higher than among girls (18.5 percent).

The study found that smoking among these students was linked to having friends or family that smoke, getting involved in physical fights, alcohol use, marijuana use and having had sexual intercourse.

1. Bandason T, Rusakaniko S. Prevalence and associated factors of smoking among secondary school students in Harare Zimbabwe. Tobacco Induced Diseases 2010; 8: 12. (open access)