On this week's Health Check we'll be taking a special look at adolescent health. More than two-thirds of premature deaths in adults result from behaviour initiated during the teenage years. Is experimentation and risk-taking an inevitable part of growing up, or could some of these deaths be prevented? We hear from South Africa why football could be the way to get into the teenage mind and from Indonesia where tobacco companies seem to be very good at catching them young.
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