Parents urged to stop next generation of smokers
Parents in Northumberland who smoke are being urged to quit – for the health of their children.
The call follows research which shows that children whose parents or carers smoke are four times as likely to take up using cigarettes themselves.
Public Health England data shows 12.2% of the area's adults were smoking in 2020 – on a par with the national average of 12.1%.
This was made up of 12.5% of women in the area and 11.9% of men.
When it comes to quitting, more women than men reported to have been able to kick the habit – 27.6% of adult female smokers and 26.3% of males
Analysis by Better Health Smoke Free shows 4.9% of young teenagers whose caregivers smoke also smoke regularly – against 1.2% for those whose caregivers do not.
Professor Nick Hopkinson of Imperial College London said: “Our research findings are clear. Adults smoking has a tangible impact on children.
“Children whose caregivers smoke are four times as likely to take up smoking themselves.”
He added: “The most effective way to help prevent this would be for adults to quit smoking. Not only does this have enormous benefits for them but it will also benefit their children, both now and in later life.”
Health minister Maggie Throup said: “We know that many people make a quit attempt in January, and while there are so many good reasons to stop smoking for yourself, we hope that this new campaign –highlighting the inter-generational smoking link – will be the added motivation many need to ditch the cigarettes for good this year.”