I just put DS (aged 14) on to the bus to summer camp (yay). The bus pulled up to pick up and two teenage girl campers got off it to smoke. Summer camp is for kids from 7-17 and I just checked their website and it says no smoking by under 16s and not in designated areas- presumably they think it's fine then for 16 & 17 year olds to smoke at camp?? WTF? I know it is illegal to purchase cigarettes if you are under 18, is it therefore illegal to smoke if you're under 18? Anyone know, I can't find an answer through googling.
I stand corrected about the 'letting' your teen smoke, sorry. If mine feels the need to in the next few years he won't be getting any allowance from me to spend on it though. I'm surprised that it's obviously still acceptable (cool, even?) to want to smoke if you're a teen.
My teen sadly smokes (I suspected but it was denied until very recently) and I would still be shocked in the situation you describe. I would have checked her bags for cigarettes (had I known) and confiscated them for the week