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Children of divorced parents smoke more

11-20-2013, by
Children of divorced children

Children of divorced parents are much more likely to start smoking than peers whose parents stay together.

This is written in a study publish in the magazine "Public Health". More than 20,000 Americans adults were examined.

The surveyed men whose parents were separated before their 18th year of life, were 50% more likely to start smoking. The women with divorced parents were 40 percent more likely to start smoking tobacco. Both men and women of divorced parents all started earlier with their addiction.

The researchers can not explain why a parental divorce is associated with smoking. One suspects that children and teenagers are upset by the divorce of their parents. Later, they use smoking as a coping mechanism to regulate their emotions and stress.

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