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Smoking, Alcohol Pose Unique Risks for Teens

By Peggy Mears

Drinking and smoking may pose more unique hazards for teenagers than the usual health and addiction risks. Throughout adolescence, the brain undergoes major remodeling, and new evidence suggests that alcohol and cigarettes may have an especially damaging effect on those developing brains.

Reported by Michelle Trudeau. Produced by Peggy Mears.

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Copyright 2005, Used with permission from NPR.

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