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Secondhand smoke triggers nicotine cravings

Thursday, May 05, 2011
Secondhand smoke triggers cravings for nicotine and makes it harder for smokers to kick the habit.

Secondhand smoke triggers cravings for nicotine and makes it harder for smokers to kick the habit. (KABC Photo)

There is even more reason now to avoid secondhand smoke.

A new study shows secondhand smoke triggers cravings for nicotine and makes it harder for smokers to kick the habit.

Researchers say secondhand smoke has a direct and measurable impact on the brain similar to that of actually smoking.

The findings underscore previous research suggesting exposure to secondhand smoke increases a child's chances of becoming a smoker later in life.

The study was funded by the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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