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Fifteen-year-old Kristjan Johannesson says he has never had a drop of alcohol or touched a cigarette. At an age when many teenagers lock themselves in their rooms, Johannesson likes to spend as much time as possible with his parents, and the walls of his bedroom are plastered with his proudest exploits in fishing and football.He helps illustrate how Iceland has nearly eradicated abuse of alcohol, tobacco and drugs among teens in two decades through measures such as curfews, raising the age of majority and promoting sports.A curfew was imposed on 13- to 16-year-olds, who are banned from being outside unaccompanied after 10 p.m., extended until midnight during Iceland's summer of long days and bright nights.Within eight years of the program's launch, the figures fell by just over 50 percent, Sigfusson said.By last year, the percentage of young people who reported drinking in the previous month dropped to 5 percent, regular smokers dropped to 3 percent, while 7 percent said they used cannabis.
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