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  New injection could stop kids smoking
Updated 20 June 2002, 10.48
Injections may stop you smoking
Having to stop smoking could be a thing of the past if top scientists get their way.

They're working on a special injection that will stop young people getting hooked on ciggies, according to New Scientist magazine.

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Teens smoking
When you smoke a cigarette the nicotine hits your brain and makes you feel good, and the desire to repeat that feeling is what gets people addicted.

The boffins reckon they can create an injection that will help your body kill all the nicotine cells before they reach the brain, which should stop people getting addicted.

But some groups - even some against smoking - don't like the idea of the injections.

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They think the big companies who the scientists are working for, might be more interested in making money than helping kids.

An estimated 80% of smokers start when they are teenagers, making a drug that could stop them starting very important.

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