Thursday, July 17, 2008

Teen smokers find it tough to stop

TORONTO — Most teenagers who smoke make repeated and naive attempts to quit, but have lost confidence in their ability to rid themselves of the addiction two years after taking that first puff, according to a new study.

Researchers in Montreal analyzed data from 319 teenagers who completed reports on their smoking habits every three months for five years.

The study, published online Wednesday in the American Journal of Public Health, found that teen smokers go through stages in their attempts to stop smoking, and highlights that perhaps policy makers should refocus their attention on cessation tactics instead of prevention strategies.

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