Smokers Dominate Social Scenes in the Ideal City - Urbino
Survey shows most young people ignore warnings about tobacco.
URBINO, Italy — Resting in the mountains of the Marche Region this walled Renaissance town is often called the “Ideal City,” thanks to its masterpieces of architecture and art that attract tourists from the world over.
But visitors sometimes have a hard time seeing the beauty through the thick clouds of smoke rising from the cigarettes of young puffers.
They are everywhere.
A recent study conducted by regional anti-smoking groups found that 72.7 percent of residents between the ages of 14 through 18 have admitted to smoking at least once in their lives. Only 47 percent of U.S. youths in the same age tries smoking, according to a 2011 study by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.