According to a research at American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2002, studies showed that children with one parent who smoked in their presence had up to 50 percent higher
levels of a biological marker of oxidative stress in their blood.
How Parental Smoking influences children to take up Smoking?
- Parental smoking is a significant factor in the decision to smoke in children. Boys are more inclined to be influenced by parental smoking than girls.
- Parental smoking or smoking at home gives psychological encouragement and inclination to children at a tender age to take up smoking.
- Parental smoking tempts children to smoke behind or in absence of parents.
- Parental smoking or smoking at home creates an inclination in children to follow their parent’s habits and their lifestyle.
Children exposed to parental cigarette smoking develop the following health hazards easily:
- Constant exposure to smoke develops dangerous heart and respiratory diseases in children.
- Studies have found that children, who have at least one smoker parent, have 5.5 times higher levels of cotinine, a byproduct of nicotine, in their urine.
- In many cases gives rise to Permanent Genetic Damage in children in later life.
- Parents’ smoke injures children’s blood vessels
- Chronic cough
- Phlegm and persistent wheezing (asthma)
- Lung cancer
- Higher risks of attacks of pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses
- They are also more likely to grow slowly and have behavior and emotional problems.
The best thing parents can do to reduce the chances of children’s smoking is to quit smoking by themselves. Children will be less likely to smoke when they grow up if parents don’t smoke. Secondly parents should not allow any visitors to smoke in their homes, and if they do smoke, they should not do it, in front of their children. Parents should not allow children to see and handle smoking materials. In this way, parents can reduce smoking for their own health as well as their children’s well-being.