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A student from Madrid smokes a cigarette. (Credit: Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

A student from Madrid smokes a cigarette. (Credit: Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

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CARY, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) – According to a study conducted at the Charles III University of Madrid, good students are less likely to smoke as much as their less studious counterparts.

The researchers involved in the study were able to determine a close relationship between academic performance and smoking.

“We have found that the use of tobacco is three or four times higher among those students whose academic performance is of [a] lower level as compared to those who earn the highest grades,” Maria Durban, a study author and professor in the University’s Statistics Department, said in a press release.

The researchers reportedly did not differentiate whether the school was public or private, nor did the study consider the level of education reached by the parents of students who smoke. Researchers did, however, examine the importance of the family environment due to its direct influence on the development of a teenagers’ habit.

The study noted, “[T]he incidence of teen smoking is greater in those homes where another family member is a smoker.”

Researchers gathered data by submitting questionnaires to what would be the equivalent of high school sophomores in American schools, according to the release. They were said to have collected information from 9,127 students from 203 different schools, then interviewed principals from nearly 100 educational centers in regard to each center’s smoking policy.

Some of the study’s findings have been published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, 15.5 percent of high school students in North Carolina smoke. A fact sheet on the Campaign’s website also notes that 9,900 children throughout the state who are under the age of 18 become new daily smokers every year.

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