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18 September 2003

1st cigarette can be addictive

You can begin to develop an addiction to cigarettes with the first drag you smoke, say Canadian researchers, whose study is challenging the notion that nicotine addiction develops over time.

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You can begin to develop an addiction to cigarettes with the first drag you smoke, say Canadian researchers, whose study is challenging the notion that nicotine addiction develops over time.

"(Kids) don't have a pack-a-day habit like adults, but they still become hooked very quickly," says Dr Jennifer O'Loughlin, a lead researcher at McGill University in Montreal, USA. She and her colleagues found that some teens had experienced addiction-like cravings, even if they had tried smoking only once or twice, reports Canada's The Globe and Mail newspaper.

Teen girls are far more likely to become hooked than boys, the study finds, though the researchers say it's unclear why.

The study, which began four years ago, is following the smoking habits of 1 267 students from 10 Montreal-area high schools. Results of the latest findings are published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. – (HealthDayNews)

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