The 'Smoked Out: the Decline of Youth Smoking' interactive chart paints a brighter future for the current youth generation across the world and incoming generations that will follow them. Between 1997 and 2006, the graph indicates that major declines were felt worldwide among the youthful generation of smokers. The overall winner of the dropping smoking rate among 15 year olds, who were the basis for the analysis, was Canada with a 64% decline.
The loser of the statistics was the Czech Republic, with an actual gain of 8%; the only country to experience a gain rather than a loss. Most of the statistics are very hopeful and, aside from the Czech Republic, all present losses in the double digits. These declines are most likely a result of anti-smoking campaigns and increased taxation, which can certainly explain Canada's winning.
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