Study: Family smoking influences juvenile smoking
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - A new study may indicate that whether or not your child smokes depends on if anyone in your family is a smoker.
The study released in the in the journal Pediatrics found that adolescents have a greater risk of smoking even when their parents were characterized as light smokers or quit smoking later in life.
Researchers also said that children were still at a higher risk to become smokers if their parents smoked and quit before their kids were even born.
Results indicated that if an older sibling smoked, the younger brother or sister was six times more likely to smoke compared to those with a non-smoking sibling.
Researchers say whether a parent smokes or not, they should immediately intervene if their child starts because the consequences may not only affect their health, but their siblings as well.
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