Study: Genes may influence smoking behaviors in teens

03/27/2013 | U.S. News & World Report

Researchers followed about 1,000 people from New Zealand for 38 years and found that those with high-risk genetic profiles who tried smoking were 24% more likely to become regular smokers by age 15 and 27% more likely to become addicted to nicotine as adults, compared with people with lower risk scores. High-risk individuals also had a greater chance of failing in their attempts to quit smoking later in life. The findings appear in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

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