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Study: Teens get cigarettes and alcohol from family or friends

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A new study shows most teens get their cigarettes and alcohol from friends or family members.

This discovery comes after Canadian researchers surveyed students in 7th through 12th grade about their tobacco and alcohol use.

The study found that 58 percent of teen smokers got their last cigarette from someone they knew, while 19 percent of them bought them at some kind of store.

For those teens who drank alcohol, nearly half of them said someone gave them their last drink, while 25 percent said they gave money to someone to buy it for them.

Only four percent brought alcohol at a liquor store.

Experts warn that despite efforts to prevent underage drinking and tobacco use, teens are easily able to get these substances from people they know.

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