We as children are extremely influenced by the actions of our beloved parents. We aspire to be like them. Little do we know the huge impact their actions have on us until we are behaving extremely similarly to them. A 2014 survey found 60% of youth in Greece, between ages 13-15 began smoking as their parents are regular smokers.
Children are awfully influenced by the actions of their parents, so much so they are seven times more likely to become smokers if their parents smoke.
However, that’s not the worst, children who are living with smokers and are constantly inhaling second hand smoke have huge effect on the health. The Ministry of Health says they are more likely to become ill with sicknesses such as croup, pneumonia and bronchitis. The children of smokers also have a lower immunity, therefore, are more likely to catch coughs and colds over children who live in smoke free homes. High risk of cot deaths of infants, ear infections and contracting the meningococcal disease are also the repercussions for smokers’ children.
This nevertheless, does not mean all children will start smoking if a family member smokes, only that the chances are much higher. I would also like to make clear that parents’ are not the only influence children yet other youth or adults they admire. Peer pressure also may play a part in beginning smoking also.
Consequently there is a message here, for cigarette smoking to be so dangerous to those who don’t even consume the cigarette itself, it should not be allowed on the market. Parents need to realise that smoking isn’t only killing them, it’s killing their children also.