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  #1  
August 17th, 2011, 12:06 PM
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Do you think parents who smoke are more likely to have children who will be smokers?

Why or why not?

I'm pretty sure it is a statistic that parents who smoke are more likely to have kids who will smoke, but from my anecdoctal experience it doesn't appear to be true. What is your experience?
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August 17th, 2011, 12:09 PM
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I think kids who are smoked around are more likely to smoke but parents who don't smoke in the house / cars / around kids are less likely to have children who smoke. My family smoked in the house, in the car - it was always around me as a child. My ex's mom (and dad I think) smoked but didn't smoke around him and he thinks smoking is a nasty habit. I think it has to do with exposure to the smoking, not whether or not the parents smoke.
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August 17th, 2011, 12:15 PM
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Not true at all. Is there a higher chance that the child might try smoking, yes. But that doesn't mean the child will actually be a smoker. I've seen plenty of parents who smoke and their kids never did and vice versa. This is something that a person is either going to do or not do. Being around smoking parents wouldn't really influence that.

As for my experience, my mom was a rabid smoker for most of my life. Her smoking never influenced me one bit. It was my friends who pushed me into smoking that did it. Thankfully I was never addicted and was able to quit cold turkey the moment I found out I was pg with T.
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August 17th, 2011, 12:25 PM
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I have never been a smoker, but from my experience with friends it has done one of two things, either they ended up smoking, or they ended up being 10000% against smoking. It seems like there is no middle of the road, like I find there is with people I have known that are raised in non-smoking households and are more like "meh, whatever, not for me but do what you want."
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August 17th, 2011, 12:32 PM
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I know 2 smokers (who are sisters) and their parents were heavy smokers. They always said it was a disgusting habit, but then started doing it themselves.

2 other smokers I know, I do not know if their parents smoked or not.

I know 3 people who had 1 parent who smoked, but they do not.

Overall I mostly know non smokers who had non smoking parents.
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August 17th, 2011, 12:35 PM
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my mom, step-dad & dad are/were all very heavy smokers............i have never smoked a cigarette nor has my brother.

dh's dad is/was also a heavy smoker (and his mom smoked for a few years way back in the day).......none of dh's siblings smoke (there are 6 of them total).....dh is a rare social smoker (he might smoke a pack a YEAR) and has never smoked more than that.

for me, growing up in that environment totally turned me off to smoking. i think it is one of the most disgusting habits ever.

same goes for drinking large quantities of alcohol on a regular basis-----i grew up watching that take place (as did dh) and we are both very controlled in our alcohol consumption.
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August 17th, 2011, 01:24 PM
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Anecdotal evidence here.

My current inlaws and ex inlaws are/were extremely heavy smokers. My current inlaws raised 4 non smokers. My ex inlaws raised 2 non smokers and 1 "sometimes smoker."
My parents hate smoke and anything to do with it. I was a smoker for a while and my little sister has never touched the things.
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August 17th, 2011, 01:50 PM
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I think it depends on the family's attitude and if there are consequences to said smoking than if smoking happens in general.

My mom had a stroke because she smoked and was on Depo, which pretty much guaranteed I would never smoke. My husband's family are full of enablers and people with addictive personalities. When he started smoking at 16, his grandmother would buy him cigarettes so that he would hang out with her more.

I don't think that people who grow up around people who smoke automatically smoke themselves, though I think it helps. The real problem is societies views on smoking, which are pretty easy-going.
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August 17th, 2011, 02:19 PM
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Children See, Children Do - Graphic Health Warnings - Tobacco Product Labelling - Health Canada

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The research on the influence of parents' smoking behavior on their children's cigarette use has included multiple studies of the relative risk of initiation if one or both parents smoke. Bauman et al. (1990) found a consistent relationship between parental and adolescent smoking in a cross-sectional study of 12- through 14-year-olds in 10 urban areas in the southeastern United States. Compared with adolescents whose parents had never smoked, those who parents currently smoked were almost twice as likely to smoke; those whose parents had once smoked were three times as likely to smoke. Bauman et al.(1990) findings also indicate that parent lifetime smoking is more strongly related than parent current smoking by adolescents.
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Young people aged 15-19 are more likely to smoke if both parents smoke (36% of males; 41% of females) than if neither parent smokes (17% of males and females).
My own anecdotal experiences are also consistent with this.
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August 17th, 2011, 02:22 PM
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My parents both smoke, and I do not. I guess statistics are statistics though.
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August 17th, 2011, 02:28 PM
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In my experience this isn't true. I have been a smoker off and on for years, but my sister and brother never smoke at all. My parents smoked more when they were young (the 70's) and slacked off a little when I came along. They never even experimented with smoking because it just disgusts them.
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August 17th, 2011, 03:04 PM
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I think there was a study that said that kids who have parents who smoke will most likely try it, but that doesn't mean they'll be long term smokers or anything. My dad smokes, has my entire life, I do not smoke. DH's parents never smoked, and my DH smoked for many years (until I got pregnant with ds1). If we didn't have kids he'd probably still be a smoker. I think kids/adults with ADD/HD also have a higher chance of trying smoking and other things.
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August 17th, 2011, 03:21 PM
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I have never been a smoker, but from my experience with friends it has done one of two things, either they ended up smoking, or they ended up being 10000% against smoking. It seems like there is no middle of the road, like I find there is with people I have known that are raised in non-smoking households and are more like "meh, whatever, not for me but do what you want."
That's what I've seen, too.

I don't know if you'd classify me as coming from a smoking or nonsmoking household. My dad smoked at work until I was 6 years old, but never at home. He had a heart attack that same year and quit smoking. In any case, I don't smoke, but my brother and sister do. I'm pretty much against smoking and think it's gross, but my husband smokes.
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August 17th, 2011, 03:37 PM
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My father smoked like a chimney and in the house/car/wherever. It was disgusting and I, nor my brothers and sisters ever smoked.
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August 17th, 2011, 08:18 PM
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I think there was a study that said that kids who have parents who smoke will most likely try it, but that doesn't mean they'll be long term smokers or anything. My dad smokes, has my entire life, I do not smoke. DH's parents never smoked, and my DH smoked for many years (until I got pregnant with ds1). If we didn't have kids he'd probably still be a smoker. I think kids/adults with ADD/HD also have a higher chance of trying smoking and other things.

I've read this before too. Apparently it's a form of self medication. ADHD is (typically) treated with stimulants, and nicotine is a stimulant.
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August 17th, 2011, 08:49 PM
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I've read this before too. Apparently it's a form of self medication. ADHD is (typically) treated with stimulants, and nicotine is a stimulant.
Yeah. I thought I heard also that ADHD kids, and kids of the like, have more addictive personalities as well? We do not medicate ds1, and hoping we never have to (DH was medicated as a child and said it was way worse than not being medicated).
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August 18th, 2011, 01:05 AM
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well neither of my parent's smoked and I did at one time

both of hubby's parent's smoked/still do and none of their children smoke
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August 18th, 2011, 11:13 AM
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My parents are miltantly against smoking. My sister is a heavy smoker - started at age 14. I've tried it but it does nothing for me & I find it gross so I don't.

The guy I dated in college - his mom was a heavy smoker - he hated it and never even tried it.
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August 18th, 2011, 03:13 PM
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I'm sure the evidence says that is true, or that there is a high correlation. My parents smoked. Heavily. I have never smoked. I tried it before, but did not like it. However, both of my siblings smoke.
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August 18th, 2011, 11:20 PM
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Most of my family smokes. My mom quit in 1991 and one of my aunts doesn't smoke. My aunt who doesn't smoke, has 3 smoking children. One of my brothers smoked for a bit, but noticed it was affecting his running and gave it up.


Makes me wonder, is the reason that kids who have smoking parents often smoke, is because it's easy access. That's how my brother started... he'd swipe one from my other aunt, or grandparents everytime he could, then started having someone buy them for him.
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