Teen smokers have attention deficit

Mar 23, 2007

A U.S. study finds that teen smokers have difficulty paying attention, with those whose mothers smoked while pregnant having the hardest time.

Dr. Leslie Jacobsen of the Yale University Medical School studied 181 teenagers, dividing them into four groups. She had 67 smokers whose mothers smoked while pregnant, 44 smokers with non-smoking mothers, 25 non-smokers whose mothers smoked during pregnancy and 45 non-smokers with non-smoking mothers.

The teens completed tests of visual and auditory attention. WebMD.com reported that teen smokers whose mothers smoked in pregnancy had the worst performance while non-smokers with non-smoking mothers did the best.

The research was reported in the online edition of Neuropsychopharmacology.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

Explore further: Income is a major driver of avoidable hospitalizations across New Jersey

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Illuminating the dark side of the genome

2 hours ago

Almost 50 percent of our genome is made up of highly repetitive DNA, which makes it very difficult to be analysed. In fact, repeats are discarded in most genome-wide studies and thus, insights into this part ...

T-Mobile deal helps Rhapsody hit 2M paying subs

2 hours ago

(AP)—Rhapsody International Inc. said Tuesday its partnership with T-Mobile US Inc. has helped boost its number of paying subscribers to more than 2 million, up from 1.7 million in April.

Airbnb woos business travelers

2 hours ago

Airbnb on Monday set out to woo business travelers to its service that lets people turn unused rooms in homes into de facto hotel space.

Recommended for you

User comments : 0