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Even Watching Smoking on Tv Is Bad for You

Sun, 16th Dec 2001

Part of the show Pain, and Pain-relief (analgesia)

Why ? because according to researchers in the US, who have been studying the habits of over 4000 youngsters aged 9-15, watching films and TV programmes in which there are people smoking can more than double the chances of them becoming a smoker. The most important thing though, according to the researchers, is how many incidences of smoking the children watch. Between 50 and 150 smoking exposures doubles the chance of them trying cigarettes but more than 150 triples their chance.

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