recent study (2000) published in the British Medical
Association journal Tobacco Control suggests that
addiction may occur much earlier in some smokers
than previously suspected.
study followed 12 and 13 year old smokers in
Massachusetts for a year.
Of the 95 students that started smoking
occasionally which was defined as at least one
cigarette per month.
The study found that 60% of these young
smokers had one or more symptoms of addiction even
at a low level of smoking.
25% of those students with symptoms developed them
within the first two weeks of starting to smoke.
Most students with symptoms of addiction
developed them before they started smoking daily.
prior assumption has been that it takes daily
smoking for a substantial period of time before
now appears that there may be large portion of youth
who become addicted with low levels of smoking after
a short period of time. Other individuals may
require a longer period of heavier smoking before