Stop smoking or have impulsive children, warns a study

Merinews
14 Apr 2009
     

A recent study has proved that children of parents, who smoke are likely to act impulsively to become smokers when they grow up. The sample of the study had 60 participants and their children in the central Ohio community.

THE HEALTH risks of tobacco are well known, yet the rates of smoking and using chewing tobacco continue to grow. Many young people pick up these habits every year — in fact, 90 per cent of all adult smokers started when they were kids. Each day, more than 4,400 kids become regular smokers, says a report.

Now, it has been vindicated by a study carried out by the researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has revealed that children of parents, who smoke are likely to act impulsively to become smokers when they grow up.

Brady Reynolds and his associates focused their study on the connection between smoking and impulsivity (delay discounting).

Delay discounting is defined as a person’s preference for an exceedingly higher reward that is delayed for a period of time.

The sample of the study had 60 participants and their children in the central Ohio community and included half of the mothers, who reported currently smoking and the other half reported never smoked. All of the children (12-13 years-old) were non-smokers.

The research team’s findings are as follows:
Cigarette-smoking mothers chose the immediate reward (discounted) significantly more than non-smoking mothers.
Children of mothers, who smoked, discounted significantly more than children of non-smokers.

The implication of the study is that the campaigns to prevent adolescents from smoking are likely to be more effective if they emphasise short-term consequences to smoking, as opposed to long-term consequences.

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