20 July 2006

Parents who smoke should quit smoking

Anti-smoking lessons in the classroom to keep schoolchildren and teens from lighting up are not effective. There is some evidence that school programs incorporating social influence models can affect smoking behavior in the short term, but they were not statistically significant.

More and more studies are coming out every day that clearly indicate secondhand smoke is the culprit for many illnesses. Moreover parents are the most important role models in children's lives, and if they engage in self-destructive behaviors, such as smoking, chances are their children will too. Children whose parents smoke are twice as likely to become smokers as children of nonsmoking parents.

Parents who smoke should quit smoking, before the destructive addiction becomes their children's lethal legacy.

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