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5/27/06

Tobacco Madness

Ok, some of you are old enough to remember the movie "Reefer Madness" that exaggerated the effects of smoking marijuana. It was intended to scare the public into avoiding it but lied about the topic to do so. Now we have "Tobacco Madness". No one denies that smoking is harmful, but this story is ridiculous.

One Cigarette Can Spark Addiction

Trying just one cigarette may not be so harmless for non-smokers after all, Reuters reports.

Scientists have discovered that a single cigarette has a "sleeper effect" that can increase a person's vulnerability for three years or more to becoming a regular smoker.

"We know that progression from experimenting with one cigarette to being a smoker can take several years," said Jennifer Fidler of University College London.

Study on Smoking


"But for the first time we've shown that there may be a period of dormancy between trying cigarettes and becoming a regular smoker - a 'sleeper effect' or vulnerability to nicotine addition," she added.

Fidler and her team analyzed the impact of smoking a single cigarette on more than 2,000 children, ages 11 to 16, over five years.

Of the 260 children, who by age 11 had tried one cigarette, 18 percent were regular smokers by the time they reached 14. But only 7 percent of 11-year-olds who had never smoked had taken up the habit three years later.
Anyone who is more likely to try something is more likely to do it later. I'll bet you that those who have tried bungee jumping just one time are more likely to try bungeee jumping again later than those who never tried bungee jumping at all. I can put that study out right away. Can a brother get a grant?

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