Non-smoking teens who try just one cigarette may be at risk
27 May 2006
Non-smoking teens who try just one cigarette may be at risk of acquiring a smoking habit, says scientist Jennifer Fidler [UCL Epidemiology & Public Health], who found smoking a single cigarette can have a "sleeper effect" that can increase a person's vulnerability for three years or more to becoming a regular smoker.
Fidler's team analyzed the impact of smoking a single cigarette on more than 2,000 children between 11 and 16 over five years. "The results also indicate that prior experimentation is a strong predictor of taking up smoking later," said Fidler, who reported the findings in the journal Tobacco Control. …
'Weekend Post' (Toronto)