Parental smoking habits may increase their children's risk of lighting up

08/5/2013 |

Children and teens with parents who had a history of smoking, regardless of whether they quit or not, had higher smoking rates compared with those with nonsmoking parents, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. Nearly 30% of children who smoked had parents who started smoking at an older age and continued the habit, and 23% of young smokers had parents who smoked while they were young and had quit. Researchers also found that about 40% of children with an older brother or sister who smoked took up the habit.

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