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Cigarette exposure can hook preteens on nicotine

Even non-smoking kids are susceptible, study shows


 

Non-smoking preteens who are exposed to secondhand smoke may exhibit symptoms of nicotine dependence, according to a new study from Concordia University and the University of Montreal. Tweens who often observe a parent, sibling, friend or neighbour smoking cigarettes are more likely to smoke as adolescents, because they don’t perceive the habit as unhealthy. This is one of the first studies showing that increased exposure to secondhand smoke leads youth who have never smoked previously to report symptoms of nicotine dependence, like craving cigarettes and finding it hard to go without them.

EurekAlert.org


 
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Cigarette exposure can hook preteens on nicotine

  1. It wasn’t my fault – my parents made me do it. :)

    • I do not think that is what the study is saying…more like “monkey see, monkey do” so if you give a care about your kids health, quit smoking before they use you as an example of what to do.

      • I was actually joking. I just thought that it was funny, as people will now use this as an excuse.

        The study said both things, though:

        “showing that increased exposure to secondhand smoke leads youth who have
        never smoked previously to report symptoms of nicotine dependence, like
        craving cigarettes and finding it hard to go without them.”

        This means, if it is true, that exposure to smoke will lead to dependance in later years. (?) I would submit that all the ‘non-smoking’ legislation that has been passed over the last 20 years will now start to have an effect. Time will tell.

  2. Oh for pete’s sake. We all know that smoking is terrible for your health for various reasons. It’s not really rocket science if you think about it, so could we please move onto something useful now?

    It’s was already pretty straight forward statistically. If parents drink, their kids are more likely to drink. If parents smoke, their kids are more likely to smoke. If parents chew gum… etc etc etc.

    I can’t imagine why were still spending research dollars on this when there so many other important non-obvious things we need to know.

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