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  Kids can get hooked on smoking in one puff
Updated 29 August 2002, 20.30

Kids get addicted to cigarettes and in some cases just one puff is enough to get them hooked.

Researchers say teenagers are more at risk of becoming addicted to nicotine because their brains are still developing.

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They found that girls who smoke occasionally become addicted after smoking for three weeks.

It takes boys a bit longer to become addicted, around 6 months of occasional smoking.

It had been thought that young smokers only became addicted when they were smoking 10 or more cigarettes a day.

Another study also found that children's smoking habits were heavily influenced by teachers and mates who smoked.



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