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Smokeless Home: Adults’ Example Influences Youth Tobacco Use

Research conducted by Umeå University, in Sweden, has determined that its country’s teenagers are more positive today towards their parents’ attempts to discourage them from smoking than in the past. The finding holds true whether or not the young people smoked.

The research, which included 15 years of public health data and 13,500 adolescents, concluded that the most effective actions parents can take are not smoking themselves and not allowing their children to smoke at home. Unsurprisingly, younger children responded more positively to these approaches than older children. Other influences dissuading young people from smoking likely include changes in national legislation and the decreasing social acceptability of smoking.


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