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New figures released today by public health charity ASH Wales show that each day in Wales an estimated 38 teenagers who have never smoked before try smoking cigarettes, introducing them to a truly deadly product. The figures have been released ahead of a major conference taking place in Cardiff later this week.

Public health charity ASH Wales has welcomed the publication today of a Draft Tobacco Control Action Plan for Wales by the Welsh Assembly Government. The Action Plan contains proposals to reduce adult smoking prevalence rates from 24% to 16% by 2020.

ASH Wales, the charity that protects children from becoming addicted lifelong smokers, has today launched an exciting new initiative to bring together health professionals, academics, community and business leaders, as well as national and local government officials, from all over Wales to find creative solutions to Wales’s growing public health problems.