Girls with ADHD at greater risk of taking up smoking

New research has found that teenage girls with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD, are at greater risk of taking up smoking.

The study says that there is a link between inattention and smoking. And that teenagers with more ADHD signs were at greater risk of taking up smoking at an earlier age. They were also more likely to be addicts by the age of 17.

Teenager girls with ADHD were found to progress faster to heavier smoking and becoming dependent on nicotine than boys.

Apart from inability to pay attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour, which are also signs of ADHD, are linked to smoking. Youth with ADHD may be more likely to start smoking because it helps them to pay attention.

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