Hispanic youth may be more tempted to smoke than other kids

The appeal of smoking for children and teens may be tied at least in part to their race or ethnicity, a recent U.S. study suggests.

Plenty of previous research has found disparities in smoking habits, with white and Hispanic youth more likely to start smoking and develop a daily habit than black kids, said lead study author Sherine El-Toukhy, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Black children who start smoking by age 14, though, are more likely to carry the habit into adulthood.

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