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Gene Mutation Puts Some Kids at Risk for Tobacco Addiction
Date:7/17/2008

ge of 17 and who also had two copies of the high-risk haplotype had a 1.6- to almost five-fold increased risk of being heavy smokers as adults.

Those who had the haplotype but did not begin smoking until 17 or later were not at an increased risk of life-long addiction.

People with a second haplotype had a reduced risk of becoming heavy smokers as adults even if they acquired the habit as youngsters, the study said.

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To learn more, visit the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.



-- HeathDay Staff



SOURCE: University of Utah, news release, July 10, 2008


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