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Youth unem- child workers in the world – ployment (15-24) runs between 36% and 66%. In 1998, an estimated 8 million of the 65 million young people aged 15 to 24 in Central and Eastern are girls, the majority between Europe as well as in the Commonwealth of Independent States were looking for work but unable to find it. An additional 10 million 15- to 24-year-olds were neither in school nor in the labour system. 38 12 and 17 years old. how effectively young people Anaemia In early adolescence, iron requirements are high for both boys and girls due to rapid physical growth.

Source: HBSC survey (1997/1998). 35 You Need to Know... UNICEF/98-0662/Balaguer Adolescents on the edge Street children, working children, refugee children, young people in institutional care, child soldiers and sexually exploited youth abuse drugs mainly for functional reasons: to keep awake for work, to get to sleep, to reduce physical and emotional pain or to alleviate hunger. According to a study in South Africa, as many as 9 out of 10 street children are thought to be dependent on glue. The cheapest and most available substances and where they are found: • glue – in market places • solvents – in industrial areas • coca products – in the Andean region • opiates – in opium producing areas • alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and pharmaceutical drugs – everywhere.

The survey also found that nearly 25% of the child smokers started smoking before age 10. Targeting kids • Tobacco companies spend billions each year sponsoring sporting events, putting their cigarette logos on T-shirts and baseball caps, giving away free samples in shopping malls and at rock concerts and discos and encouraging the positive portrayal of smoking in movies. • Sophisticated tobacco advertising links smoking with images of adventure, physical attractiveness, sexual success and even athletic ability.

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