Number of children who have started smoking rises by 50,000 in just one year

Number of children under 16 who have started smoking rises by 50,000 in just one yearAbout 207,000 children aged 11 to 15 started to smoke in 2011This is a sharp rise from 157,000 in 2010The figure equates to 567 children taking up the habit each dayCharity urges Government to put all cigarettes in plain standardised packs By Anthony Bond PUBLISHED: 06:46 GMT, 22 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:38 GMT, 22 March 2013 Worrying: The number of children who have taken up smoking has risen by 50,000 in just one year, research suggests.