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For teens who smoke, heart health troubles may start early. Regular smokers ages 8 to 20 have substantial artery damage that can lead to heart disease, Swiss researchers report. Julia Dratva, MD, MPH, of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel, Switzerland, and colleagues measured the artery walls of 283 young people in that age group. About 11% said they smoked at least once a week, 15% reported smoking at least once a month, and the rest were nonsmokers. Compared with the nonsmokers, both the weekly and monthly smokers had thicker artery walls. That’s indicative of early atherosclerosis, a buildup of plaque in the artery walls that can restrict blood flow, Dratva says.