Study: Children of divorce more likely to become smokers


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  • Guy Smiley of Utah St. George, UT
    March 17, 2013 9:22 p.m.

    Here we go once again. Tons of money spent on studies that confirm the obvious. If a child suffers the effects of their parents' divorce and a broken home, they will undoubted receive less parental guidance and be more likely turn to crutches like smoking, drugs and alcohol.

  • Dante Salt Lake City, UT
    March 16, 2013 10:32 a.m.

    Nature vs. nurture. This is an example of the "nurture" side going overboard. The study or its interpreters assume that divorce causes trauma (likely, but not assured) and trauma causes "bad" behavior, i.e., smoking. The "nature" side of the argument might suggest that insufficient brain dopamine may cause irritable behavior, which may lead to marital tension, which may lead to divorce. At the same time, children may inherit from their dopamine-deficient parents a tendency toward inadequate brain dopamine production, which leads toward smoking, because nicotine stimulates brain dopamine action.

  • tuppence.esq Summit, UT
    March 16, 2013 9:16 a.m.

    This a strange study. It measures whether one ever smoked--100 cigarettes is the measure. In earlier decades everyone smoked 100 plus cigarettes, sometime. Still, maybe they have a point. I smoked 50 a day by eighteen, quit entirely at 24, and my parents did divorce when I was 29. And yes, I have seven adult children who have divorced parents and none have ever smoked. Sounds legit to me.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    March 16, 2013 8:39 a.m.

    We can rationalize any bad behaviors, even shamming.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    March 16, 2013 5:32 a.m.

    There isn't nothing wrong with a crouch. if my heart is broken and whole world has changed. There is something about nicateen that get the brain to think. I think it's a better cruoch than food.