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Genes that turn experimental smokers into addicts

The Telegraph:

A particular set of genes can turn a teenager who experiments with tobacco into a life-long addicted smoker, research has shown.

Around 40 per cent of people with European origins have “high risk” versions of the genes, which affect the brain’s sensitivity to nicotine.

They are in danger of getting hooked if they start smoking before the age of 17, scientists found.

Apparently you should be able to read the research here, but at the moment their site is down.

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