Smoking - Children Will If Parents Are
- By Sam George
- Published 07/10/2007
Sam George is the Executive Director of PARIVAR International - a non-profit initiative to address the needs of youth and families of Asian Indian origin in North America and to the Asian Indian community worldwide. Parivar means family in many Indian languages. Sam George also serves as one of the founding directors of Urban India Ministries
www.UrbanIndia.org Sam George and his wife, Mary have spoken at premarital and family events in many countries. They are parents of two boys and make their home in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Sam is the author of the book “Understanding the Coconut Generation: Ministry to the Americanized Asian Indians." Check out this website www.CoconutGeneration.com Coconut (brown on the outside, white on the inside) is a metaphor for the Americanized Asian Indians. Sam George can be reached at email@example.com
Babies with at least one parent who smokes have five times as much nicotine byproduct in their urine than infants whose parents are non-smokers. On average, children with at least one smoking parent had 5.58 times as much cotinine in their urine as babies living in non-smoking homes.
Lately enough studies have been done on harmful effects of secondary smoking - that is being in the company of smokers and inhaling smokes of other smokers. This has led to many laws banning smoking in public spaces and cities.
More importantly, children learn by emulation. When parents fail to model a worthy lifestyle, we can not blame the children for the way they turn out. Children do not do what we say, but they do what we do!