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Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Can Lead to Nicotine Dependence in Preteens


A new study suggests that preteens who are exposed to secondhand smoke may develop nicotine dependence themselves.

The study also found that preteens who often see parents, siblings, friends or neighbors smoking are more likely to take up smoking themselves when they become teens, Science Daily reports. Researchers followed 327 Canadian students in sixth and seventh grade, who were asked about their smoking habits, the number of smokers they knew and the situations in which they saw people smoking.

In Nicotine & Tobacco Research, the investigators reported that the preteens who were surrounded by more smokers believed that there are greater advantages to smoking. Lead researcher Simon Racicot told the news service that preteens who see other people smoking are more likely to start smoking themselves because they don’t perceive smoking as unhealthy.

1 Response to this article

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    steve / June 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Someone mentioned this in a previous response, but the wording used by whom-ever wrote the title for this article is mis-leading and though that might be “good journalism”, but I just see it as deceptive and would further not take what the article had to truly say into consideration. The title and article should just be up-front and not try and make this seem like something new….

    fact: kids that grow up around people smoking are more likely to start smoking. This has been proven time and time and there should honestly be no reason to waste time and energy to “survery” kids about smoking habits and such. To determine something that has been proven time and time again and to which this article offers nothing new, inovative and surprising or atleast scientifically interesting.

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