About The Author

Jianjiu is a research scientist at The University of Hong Kong School of Public Health.

Do Adolescents With Parental Smoking Have A Lower Probability Of Smoking Themselves?

While parental smoking is a well-established risk factor of smoking initiation in adolescents, our study further showed that adolescents who had a smoking father but rejected the father’s smoking might have a lower chance to become smokers than those with a non-smoking father. Specifically, we found that compared with adolescents without paternal smoking, those with