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Tuesday, 9 April, 2002, 17:51 GMT 18:51 UK
Young smokers trial nicotine patches
Teenagers smoking
Young people quickly become addicted
Children are taking part in a new study which could lead the way in using nicotine patches to stop teenage smoking.

Youngsters, aged from 12 to 16 from the Nottingham area, are participating in the first major study to examine how effective nicotine patches are at helping children to quit smoking.

The research is being led by Dr Elin Jones, of Nottingham University, who says patches could have an important part to play in the battle against addiction.

Dr Jones told BBC News Online: "Youngsters become addicted to cigarettes very quickly.

Dr Elin Jones
Dr Elin Jones is helping teenage smokers

"I think they (children) are always going to be able to get hold of cigarettes.

"What's not been realised for a long time is that many of these young people would actually like the chance to quit smoking."

Dr Jones said that children often start smoking because of pressure from friends, but later regret the decision.

"Addiction is really the main thing. They become addicted to cigarettes very quickly and they find it difficult to stop without help.

"There are no real studies of nicotine replacement therapy - such as nicotine patches - on young people in the country.

"This is a chance for young people to get involved with something very exciting."

The 13-week trial will involve about 40 teenaged smokers, with the consent of parents when needed.

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