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MAINICHI, Japan, Oct 17, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Japanese researchers say nicotine levels of deceased smokers who committed suicide is 3.5 times that of those who died from accidents or disease.

Fumio Moriya, assistant professor at Japan's Kochi University, and other researchers tested nicotine levels of 31 people during autopsies conducted from October 2002 to December 2003, Mainichi Daily News reported Sunday.

Moriya said the research suggests that smoking too much could lead to depression and trigger suicidal tendencies. Moriya said an abnormal increase in cigarettes consumption could be a sign of suicidal tendencies.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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