Genes may predispose teens to tobacco addiction

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  • Ronald A. Young
    July 11, 2008 12:16 a.m.

    No Excuse! You can be pre disposed to a lot of things. From Smoking, Drinking, to Fat. However you have to act on it first. If you do not act on it then you cannot get the addiction. Includes Sex, Same Sex Attraction, Porn, and Self Imposed Religious Repression. You may have a Gene or two running amuck but you still have control over it. You still have free agency to act or not to act. So I have never bought that, along with My dads bad at Math so I am also. You get you own A or F. Learned Behavior and enablement do not over rule Free Will Choice. The exception perhaps being a learning disability that makes you work much harder or just flat not able to do it. Most Short People will never Dunk, 250 lb people will never Ride A Horse in The Derby. Just for Opps and Giggles, Almost 21, years Substance Free. Still have the addictions just do not act on them. God and the Church have had something to do with that, but it is still my day. Ask all the Jacks and Jills at the Bar if you think different.

  • genetic duplicity
    July 10, 2008 11:39 p.m.

    This article is almost hilarious.
    Tobacco addiction is now genetic but homosexuality (SSA) is supposedly a choice? Stupidity could make someone choose to smoke, but nothing could make me choose me to be attracted to another man. My gay friends feel the same about their own attraction and I believe them.

  • MoJules
    July 10, 2008 9:50 p.m.

    I use to rent out oxygen and c-pap's and such to those who didn't ever think smoking would catch up to them. The other day I was talking to a lady, that was not old old, and looked to be a person who would enjoy activity and the outdoors, she is now stuck to oxygen and waiting for a lung transplant. We all make choices that can end our lives early or make the quality of life not as great. Sadly, smoking is one of the hardest addictions to break, and I don't get why anyone ever starts.

  • Mandy
    July 10, 2008 9:00 p.m.

    I think it's really sad how young kids start smoking!!!! They need to look at the smokers around them and realize , it's not cool!I mean do you really want to go all the way to Disney land just to have to sit in the smoking area the whole time because you can't go without!?Or be looked down upon by so many because of a stupid choice?! I don't think so!

  • Pete
    July 10, 2008 8:51 p.m.

    Society has to do more to prevent kids from getting cigarettes and then getting addicted in the first place.

  • Trisha
    July 10, 2008 8:19 p.m.

    I Started smoking when I was 14 years old and I quit at the age of 24. I have now been smoke free for two years. I am proud to say that I am part of the 5% that has QUIT!!!

  • Trisha
    July 10, 2008 8:16 p.m.

    I Started smoking at the age of 14 and stopped when I was 24. I now have been smoke free for two years and so I am proud to say that I am among the 5% who QUIT!!!

  • Charles
    July 10, 2008 7:14 p.m.

    I'm not sure who writes the captions for the stories in the Dnews, but the story specifically states in paragraph 4, "The variations don't predispose teens to smoke or use tobacco..."

    So why the misleading caption Dnews?

    Also, as with any substance addicts, if you don't ever want to become one, don't take the first drink, don't take the first drag, don't inject the first needle...etc.

    It's impossible to become an addict of a drug if you never take the first anything....

  • kathyn
    July 10, 2008 7:02 p.m.

    The sad fact is that teens don't think about their mortality. Middle age seems so far off for these kids that the idea they might get sick from smoking in their later years is no deterrent. They care more about being "cool" and one of the group than they do about health.

  • Portugese Breakfast
    July 10, 2008 6:13 p.m.

    I work hard at educating my friends that smoking is bad... It seems that a new fact about health risks is found every day.