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June 08, 2004

Kick the Habit to Enter College

A study has found that high-schoolers who give up smoking have a better chance of getting into university than those who continue the habit. The Tokai regional committee of the Japanese Respiratory Society reported the finding, the result of a study by a doctor at Meitetsu Hospital in Nagoya. The study of 100 male "ronin"* students at a major preperatory school in the region found that the pass rate for ex-smokers was 36.8%, as opposed to 25.6% for smokers. For students who had never smoked, the rate was higher still, at 40.7%. The doctor said to those who think a puff helps increase concentration or decrease stress, "The results show that, in fact, academic performance will drop."
(* the term "ronin" means a "masterless samurai" and is used to describe students who fail to enter third level education straight from high school and spend a year "wandering" before they have another chance to sit entrance exams)
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