Smoking habits transmit from parents to children

A European research results showed that, in homes where parents smoke, there is a significant degree of inter-generational transmission of it to children, particularly to individuals of the same gender. “Fathers transmit their smoking habits to a statistically significant level to their sons, and the same is true of mothers and daughters. However, if a mother smokes it does not seem to impact on the probability of her son smoking, and similarly a father that smokes does not affect his daughter,” Loureiro, a researcher at the USC and co-author of the study, tells SINC, Science Daily reported. The research, which has been published in the journal Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, is based on information from the British Household Panel Survey 1994-2002.
“We selected this data source because it gives detailed information on the products consumed in households, including tobacco, making it possible to analyse the transmission of smoking habits between generations”, the experts explain.

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