Children of smokers four times more likely to become smokers

For the sake of your children, quit smoking. If this advice, given by British doctors, seems rather obvious to protect the lungs of the little ones, it also counts for their future adult life. According to a study by the UK anti-smoking program reported by our colleagues at the BBC, 4.9% of adolescents whose parents smoke have started cigarettes. For teens whose parents are non-smokers, the figure rises to just 1.2%.

Research presented in a film published by the Ministry of Health analyzes the link between parental consumption and the behavior of adolescents towards smoking. Researchers, some are doctors, some other childhood psychologists, are asking parents to stop this harmful habit quickly, which could pay off for decades.

An “additional motivation” for parents

Maggie Throup, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health for Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment in France, is hopefully carrying the study over to convincing parents who smoke by giving them another reason to quit. According to her, the campaign highlights “the influence of parents on their children” regarding this (bad) habit and could “be the extra motivation many need to quit smoking for good this year.”

Very active on the issue, the British Department of Health reiterates that it has set up an official application to support smokers who wish to quit as well as assistance via social networks and access to a personal plan online.

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