Smoking. Christian Bantle and John P. Haisken-DeNew investigate the intergenerational transmission of smoking behaviour from parents to their children. They found strong evidence that parental smoking significantly increases the probability that their children likewise become smokers. Youths living in families with both parents smoking are 3.3 times more likely to smoke themselves, while a smoking father raises the probability a factor of 2.8 and a smoking mother by 2.1. They conclude that policies targeted at reducing juvenile smoking may fail, if parents' behaviour is not taken into account. "Smoke Signals: The Intergenerational Transmission of Smoking Behaviour" is published by DIW-Berlin.
By DIW-Berlin, Germany.