Even if future dads in childhood just inhale cigarette smoke because of their fathers, this already poses a threat to unborn children. Such babies subsequently suffer from asthma more often.
Researchers from the University of Melbourne have found that a child’s risk of experiencing asthma is higher if his father himself breathed tobacco smoke as a child. If the dad is a smoker, such children are even more likely to suffer from respiratory disorders themselves. Additional evidence has been obtained for the presence of the so-called intergenerational impact of smoking, which threatens the health of people, even those who were born after two generations.
It was found that the probability of asthma in children from dads who inhaled tobacco smoke in childhood increases by 59% than in children whose dads did not breathe smoke. If the fathers also started smoking cigarettes themselves, then the probability of developing asthma in their children increased by 72%. The results convincingly show that passive smoking affects not only smokers themselves, but also their children and even grandchildren.
In this regard, men are obliged to avoid cigarette smoke in order to reduce the danger of its influence on the well-being of their children or grandchildren. The results of the work, based on records of 1,689 fathers and their children, were collected in Australia.