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  Girls 'smoke to stay thin'
Updated 24 April 2003, 16.41
Girls are more likely to start smoking than boys
Girls are more likely to start smoking if they're worried about their weight.

A new report about teenage girls in the US found those who weren't bothered about how much they weighed didn't tend to take up the habit.

But strangely, not many of the girls who smoke thought it helps them stay thin.

The people at Boston University that did the research reckon that girls probably feel pressurised by their mates to start the habit.

They now want to try and change girl's ideas about being thin to stop others from taking it up as well.

Girls under pressure from ads

More 15-year-old girls smoke in Britain than boys.

A charity, Action on Addiction, said a lot of pressure is put on women and girls to conform to what's thought to be perfect.

It said: "Girls who think that smoking will improve their appearance are sadly mistaken."

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