Everybody knows smoking is dangerous to health. In fact there have been many studies which claim that passive smoking is even more dangerous. But a new study conducted by Doctors in Norway claims that smoking before becoming a father may also affect your child’s health.
The study claims that smoking cigarettes before becoming a father or mother may put your child at risk of asthma.
Dr Cecile Svanes a researcher from the University of Bergen and his followers has studied over 13000 men and women smoking habits and analyzed incidence of asthma or bronchogenic problems in their children.
Results of the study showed that fathers who start smoking at the age of 15 were linked more to the incidence of asthma among their children. The researchers from the University of Bergen said that men having cigarette smoking habits before conception are more likely to give a gift of asthma to their children. The researchers also said the longer the parent smoke, the more chances of his child suffering from asthma.
Dr Svanes said, “This study is important as it is the first study looking at how a father’s smoking habit pre-conception can affect the respiratory health of his children.”
He also said, “Given these results, we can presume that exposure to any type of air pollution, from occupational exposures to chemical exposures, could also have an effect.”
Interestingly, the researchers also said that they didn’t found any link between a mothers being a smoker to a kid’s asthma risk.
The study is presented in Munich, Germany at the European Respiratory Society meeting. No journal has reviewed and published this research yet.