Parents have major influence on child smoking habits

08/27/2009 | Reuters

Parents play a big role in whether their children move from experimenting with cigarettes to becoming full-fledged smokers, according to a study in Pediatrics. Children were less likely to become daily smokers if their parents had a more hands-on family management style and didn't smoke themselves, but the risk more than doubled for teens whose parents smoked and were more lax in their parenting.

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