Children of divorced parents are more likely to smoke

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Divorce and smoking in children

Divorce and smoking in children

Children of divorced parents are more likely to smoke, according to a study produced by the University of Toronto.

The odds of taking up smoking are 48 per cent greater for boys and 39 per cent greater for girls of divorced parents than for those where the parents have managed to stay together, according to the study published in this month’s journal Public Health.

Researchers analysed responses from 19,000 people, aged 18 and older, in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2010 Behavioural Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey.

People had specifically been asked if they had smoked 100 or more cigarettes in their lives.

That number is significant in the public health world, since people who have smoked that much are considered to have gone past experimenting and become fully fledged smokers.

More research is needed to determine exactly when or why children began smoking when their parents divorced. The survey did not say whether the parents themselves smoked.

 

 

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