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Teens Copy Parents Smoking: Study: FRIDAY.

Teens Copy Parents’ Smoking: Study: – FRIDAY, Sept treatment . 18, 2015 – – Although many teens don’t often copy their parents’ behavior, there’s one habit they may grab from mom or dad – – smoking. Teens are 3 x more likely to smoke cigarettes at least 1 cigarette – – and their probability of nicotine dependence are nearly twice as high – – if one of their parents is dependent on nicotine, the new study found. And teenage daughters of women who smoke appear to be most at risk. These young girls were almost four times as apt to be dependent on nicotine if their mother was a normal smoker, the researchers said. ‘Most smokers start cigarette smoking if they are teenagers. As this study shows, parents certainly are a powerful impact,’ the study’s lead author, Denise Kandel, a professor of sociomedical sciences in psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and the Mailman College of Public Health in New York City, said in a university information release.

Parents also need to be aware – – since breathing difficulties may arise down the road, said senior researcher Dr. David Gozal, chief of pediatrics at the University of Chicago. ‘After they go home, parents ought to be attentive for breathing problems. That includes checking on your child while he or she is sleeping, at least for the first a day,’ Gozal said. ‘In most situations, nothing will happen,’ Gozal said. ‘But it is important for parents to be aware that tonsillectomy can possess [complications], like any other surgical procedure.’ Anywhere from 1 % to 5 % of kids have obstructive sleep apnea, a problem in which tissues in the throat constrict while asleep, causing repeated pauses in breathing.