Kids with ADHD more likely to get hooked on cigs

October 30, 2008 2:38:23 PM PDT
Young people with ADHD could be more vulnerable to serious nicotine addiction if they start smoking. The findings in the Journal of Pediatrics suggests that once kids with ADHD take up the habit they also tend to become more severely nicotine dependent. In fact, the dependence was twice as bad.

Scientists say it is not clear why this is the case, but there is evidence that nicotine affects brain systems believed to be involved in ADHD.