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How much does smoking around children influence them to smoke?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Patterning

A kid who grows up in a household where the adults love sports will likely emulate their parents & want to love sports to fit in.
In the same way, when these super role models smoke they give off visual messages that it is cool. Kids forget 90% of what they hear daily but remember 70% of what they see. If they see it often they ignore advise not to smoke & follow the pattern they see.

In brief: Patterning

A kid who grows up in a household where the adults love sports will likely emulate their parents & want to love sports to fit in.
In the same way, when these super role models smoke they give off visual messages that it is cool. Kids forget 90% of what they hear daily but remember 70% of what they see. If they see it often they ignore advise not to smoke & follow the pattern they see.
Dr. James Ferguson
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1 comment
Dr. Glen Elliott
This is well studied. The likeliehood of children of smokers taking up smoking is more than double. Also, second-hand smoke is itself potentially harmful to children, even if they don't start smoking themselves.
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