A study conducted by a team at Cardiff University involving 3,500 youngsters aged between 11 and 15 asked participants to rate how often they spoke to their fathers about important issues on a scale of ‘hardly ever’ to ‘most days’.
Only children who had never smoked before were asked to participate and after three years, the responses of children who had remained non smokers were compared to those who reported experimenting with cigarettes.
Dr White, of the University’s School of Medicine has said that fathers should be given more encouragement to talk to their children and says that this study highlights the potential impact parents and especially fathers can have upon their children’s choices about whether to smoke.
“Fathers should be encouraged and supported to improve the quality and frequency of communication with their children during adolescence.
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