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Aug062013

Smoking Can Be All in the Family

AbleStock.com/Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If no one in your immediate family ever smoked, there's a good chance your kids won't pick up the habit either.

However, findings out of Purdue University seem to confirm previous studies that point to several factors that get kids hooked on cigarettes and that mainly comes from a household where smoking is prevalent.

Lead researcher Mike Vuolo and an assistant looked into the smoking habits of high school freshman and followed them for 23 years until they became parents themselves.

Essentially, when a parent smokes, the older sibling tends to smoke, which is often picked up by younger brothers or sisters.

There's also a genetic component involved in the findings as even if a parent had smoked and quit before a child was born, that youngster may be more likely to smoke than if their parent was a non-smoker from the onset.

While the study showed an association between having parents or siblings who smoke and smoking yourself, it did not prove a cause-and-effect link.

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