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% of population

Anti-smoking folks around here like to trumpet the statistic that since only 25% of population smoke cigarettes;that means, only 25% of adults smoke. If they can apply that % to one age group, does that not mean that it applies to all age groups? Therefore; they are saying that, for instance,25% of population that is 10 yrs of age and under also smoke. I have great difficulty believing such a thing; but, they would not tell falsehoods. Gary K.