Nicotine danger

17th March 2000 at 00:00
CHILDREN can be hooked on nicotine within weeks of starting smoking, research by the University of Massachusetts has revealed.

A three-year study of hundreds of children found that one or two cigarettes three or four times a week can make a child dependent on tobacco.

The British Medical Assocation and the Cancer Research Campaign is calling for a ban on additives that allegedly make the taste of cigarettes more appealing to youngsters.

The Government-backed Smokeline, which gives advice on how to stop smoking, said 3,500 Scottish primary children used its service every year.

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