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  Nicotine patches for young smokers
Updated 02 October 2001, 12.53

Young people who smoke, even those as young as 12, are going to be given nicotine patches to help them give up.

Most smokers can't stop because they're addicted to nicotine in cigarettes, so the patches are used by adults to help.

They're usually stuck on the arm and make wearers feel like they've had the nicotine they crave from cigarettes.

Kicking the habit early

But two of the UK's biggest cancer charities say it's not just adults who need the help to give up, so are backing a project in Nottingham to give the patches to young smokers.

Fact File
Smoking and young people
450 children in UK start smoking everyday
1 in 4 are regular smokers by 15 years old
1 in 2 want to give up smoking
2 out of 3 have tried to quit

At the moment nicotine patches are not given to those under 16.

The project starts work with young smokers at The Zone, a youth centre in an area of Nottingham where lots of young people have been excluded from school.

Many of the 250 young people who go to the centre smoke and want to quit.

If it's successful the project may be introduced to towns and cities across the UK.


 
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