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November 25, 2012 5:43 PM

Burning question: Researchers chart nicotine addiction among teens

We can all imagine a heavily addicted smoker reaching for a pack of cigarettes on the bedside table and lighting up before getting out of bed in the morning, but the individual in our imagined scenario likely is not a 12-year-old child. Yet adolescents as young as 12 do smoke, and researchers have found that the sooner they do so upon waking in the morning, the more addicted they may be.

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