PARENTS WHO SMOKE ARE MOST LIKELY TO RAISE TEENS WHO SMOKE.

Incidence of parents who smoke substances of different names, types, may just have to deal with a higher chance of their offspring being smokers as well. A study proves this new trend as seen in this excerpts from Medical Daily:

According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health, the children of nicotine-dependent smokers are three times more likely to pick up their first cigarette, and more than twice as likely to become addicted, than the kids of parents who never smoked.

For the children of never-smokers, only 13 percent reported trying at least one cigarette in their lifetime, compared to 38 percent for the children of smokers. Similarly, only 5 percent of the former group reported a nicotine addiction, compared to 15 percent of the latter.

The effect is even more profound among teen daughters, who were nearly four times more likely to begin smoking, though only when their mothers were nicotine-dependent, not their fathers. Sons were equally likely to pick up smoking regardless of which parent smoked.

“Most smokers start smoking when they are teenagers. As this study shows, parents are a powerful influence, To prevent teens from starting to smoke and becoming addicted to tobacco, we need to do a better job of helping parents quit smoking.” said lead author Dr. Denise Kandel, Professor of Sociomedical Sciences in Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and the Mailman School of Public Health

There you have it!!! It may just be a case of like Father like son, or, Like mother like daughter, if parents and would-be parents do not watch their habit!! Good morning…

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