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Nicotine patch for kids of 14.

CHILDREN as young as 14 are to be prescribed nicotine patches, gum or tablets in a bid to stop underage smoking, it was revealed yesterday.

Children will also be trained to counsel each other to give up cigarettes.

The pounds 180,000 lottery-funded pilot scheme is to be launched in Lanarks, South West Scotland, where almost half of deaths from cancer are linked to smoking.

Tom Bryce, of the Airdrie Local Health Care Co-operative, said: "At the heart of the project will be other teenagers helping youngsters through their addiction."

But expert Prof Ian Stolerman, of the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College, London, said: "Children are much more susceptible to becoming dependent upon nicotine, so great care is needed in prescribing treatments."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 31, 2005
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