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Study: If parents ever smoked, teens may be more likely to light up

Study points out adult's influence over tobacco

12:18 PM, Aug. 15, 2013
A study on teen smoking has shown that teens are more likely to start smoking if their parents either are, or were, smokers.
A study on teen smoking has shown that teens are more likely to start smoking if their parents either are, or were, smokers.
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Teens of a parent who smoked - even if the mother or father quit before the teen was born - are more likely to smoke than those whose parents are nonsmokers, a new study finds.

Having an older brother or sister who smokes also raises the odds that a teen will pick up the habit, the researchers report.

"These findings imply that any amount of smoking could have important influences on the next generation," said lead researcher Mike Vuolo, an assistant professor of sociology at Purdue University. "Given the influence on the oldest siblings, this is especially the case in heavy-smoking ...

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