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Keath Low

ADHD and Cigarette Use

By November 8, 2012

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Teens and adults with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to experiment with smoking and to become regular tobacco users as compared to their non-ADHD peers. There are a number of factors that seem to contribute to this risk for smoking/tobacco use by people with ADHD. Genetics may play a large role. It is also suspected that smoking may be linked to self-medication for ADHD symptoms. It is possible that nicotine may help some smokers with ADHD compensate for their low levels of attention, arousal, and concentration. It is also possible that identifying and treating ADHD earlier may prevent the onset of smoking altogether.

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