Healthy mobiles

10th November 2000 at 00:00
THE phenomenal success of the mobile phone may be having an unexpected health benefit among teenagers: curbing smoking.

Lounging on street corners with a mobile may be as effective a way to look cool and grown up as dangling a cigarette between the lips, says Anne Charlton, emeritus professor at Manchester University and Clive Bates, director of the anti-smokin pressure group ASH.

Writing in the British Medical Journal the authors say that marketing of mobiles may be achieving what years of warnings about tobaccco have failed to do. Figures show that 23 per cent of teenagers smoked last year compared with 30 per cent in 1996. By last August 70 per cent of 15 to 17-year-olds were estimated to own a mobile.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today