Do Adolescents With Parental Smoking Have A Lower Probability Of Smoking Themselves?
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Professor TH Lam is Chair Professor of Community Medicine since 2000 and Sir Robert Kotewall Professorship in Public Health, The University of Hong Kong (HKU) since 2007. He graduated from Faculty of Medicine, HKU with the MBBS degree in 1975. He got an MSc degree in medical sociology and an MSc degree in occupational medicine in 1980 and 81 respectively from The University of London. He obtained his MD degree by research from HKU in 1988. He was Head of the Department of Community Medicine and Director of the School of Public Health and Director of Public Health Research Centre, HKU, in 2000-2012, 2009-2013 and 2004-2013 respectively.

His awards from HKU included University Teaching Fellowship 1999-2000, Outstanding Research Student Supervisor Award 2000-01, Outstanding Researcher Award 2001-02, and Long Service Award (for over 40 years).
Professor Lam is a fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational Medicine, the UK Faculty of Public Health, The London Faculty of Occupational Medicine, The Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (Community Medicine) and The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Professor Lam was President of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine from 1997 to 2001. He was Vice-Chairman of Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (2002-08) and Co-Chair of Grant Review Board, Research Council, Health, Welfare and Food Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR Government (2003-09). He was appointed Justice of Peace in July 2005, conferred Honorary Fellowship of Hong Kong College of Community Medicine in 2008, and awarded Bronze Bauhinia Star Award in July 2012.

He has been appointed by the World Health Organization as short-term consultant, temporary advisor or expert participant for more than ten occasions, and Ambassador, World Cancer Research Fund Hong Kong from 2016.

                       

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 paternal smoking were 1.4 times as likely to be current smokers, but those with paternal smoking but rejected it were half as likely to be...

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