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Published: Friday, March 15 2013 2:20 p.m. MDT

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george of the jungle
goshen, UT

There isn't nothing wrong with a crouch. if my heart is broken and whole world has changed. There is something about nicateen that get the brain to think. I think it's a better cruoch than food.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

We can rationalize any bad behaviors, even shamming.

tuppence.esq
Summit, UT

This a strange study. It measures whether one ever smoked--100 cigarettes is the measure. In earlier decades everyone smoked 100 plus cigarettes, sometime. Still, maybe they have a point. I smoked 50 a day by eighteen, quit entirely at 24, and my parents did divorce when I was 29. And yes, I have seven adult children who have divorced parents and none have ever smoked. Sounds legit to me.

Dante
Salt Lake City, UT

Nature vs. nurture. This is an example of the "nurture" side going overboard. The study or its interpreters assume that divorce causes trauma (likely, but not assured) and trauma causes "bad" behavior, i.e., smoking. The "nature" side of the argument might suggest that insufficient brain dopamine may cause irritable behavior, which may lead to marital tension, which may lead to divorce. At the same time, children may inherit from their dopamine-deficient parents a tendency toward inadequate brain dopamine production, which leads toward smoking, because nicotine stimulates brain dopamine action.

Guy Smiley of Utah
St. George, UT

Here we go once again. Tons of money spent on studies that confirm the obvious. If a child suffers the effects of their parents' divorce and a broken home, they will undoubted receive less parental guidance and be more likely turn to crutches like smoking, drugs and alcohol.

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