Two-year-olds influenced by parental smoking

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Two-year-olds influenced by parental smoking

September 2005

Gaia Vince, news service

Children as young as 2 years old may be influenced by their parents’ tobacco habits, many years before they even consider using cigarettes themselves, a novel study has shown.

Young children’s attitudes to smoking and alcohol have been difficult to assess due to their limited language skills, so information on social influences has focused on teenagers – the group most likely to take up smoking or drinking. But a new study offers insight into the effect early exposure can have on the behaviour of very young children.

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