Smoking Is Injurious Not Just To Your Health But Your Grandkid's Too: Study

When a person smokes, it has a detrimental impact on the health of his future generations, as per a recent study

Shubhangi Shah
Written by: Shubhangi ShahPublished at: Jan 25, 2022Updated at: Jan 25, 2022
Smoking Is Injurious Not Just To Your Health But Your Grandkid's Too: Study

Smoking is detrimental to health. Other than the evident respiratory and dental problems, it also increases your risk of lung cancer, cardiovascular diseases, fertility issues, diabetes, and even hearing and vision loss. These are its effect on the health of the smoker. But, do you know that the impact of smoking transcends beyond that and affects your progeny too? As per a recently published study that was undertaken over 30 years, if you smoke, it not just affects your health but that of your future generations as well. 

About ‘Children Of The 90’s’ Project

The study was a part of the ‘Children Of The 90’s’ project by the University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

  • The project was undertaken over 30 years and was aimed at understanding genetic as well as environmental factors that affect a person’s health and development.
  • As a part of it, about 1.5 million samples were collected from the participants, which included their blood, urine, hair, nails samples.
  • Till now, over 2,000 studies have been published based on this project.
  • In one of the findings, researchers concluded, what you eat as a three-year-old can have an impact on your academic performance many years later.
  • In another finding, they concluded that the lines on a baby’s teeth can be linked to his/her risk of developing depression.
  • Watching television can increase your risk of asthma was another finding made based on the samples collected as a part of the ‘Children Of The 90’s’ project.

Smoking Effect On Future Generations

More body fat due to smoking

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Now, another finding made based on the samples concluded that smoking can have an impact on the health of future generations too.

  • Specifically, smoking by paternal grandfather and great-grandfather impacts the health of granddaughter and great-granddaughter.
  • The granddaughter and great-granddaughter develop more body fat if their grand or great-grandfather started smoking before puberty.
  • The finding is intriguing as no such connection was made regarding smoking by grandmother. However, this could be because very few grandmothers or great-grandmothers started smoking before puberty.
  • Another fascinating finding was that smoking by grandfather affects the granddaughter’s health. However, the health of the grandson or great-grandson wasn’t impacted the same way.

Hence, more research is needed to understand well the generational impact of smoking.

Also read: How Tobacco and Smoking Affect Oral Hygiene? Expert Answers

Other Studies On Smoking

Smoking is injurious to health

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The effect of smoking on future generations is well-documented in other studies as well.

  • A similar finding was made in a study published in 2017. According to it, if a woman’s maternal grandmother smoked during pregnancy, it increased her chances of developing autism-related traits.
  • Another similar study conducted in 2014 showed that men who started smoking before the age of 11, sons had 5 to 10 kg more body fat than their peers.
  • Then, we all know the impact on kids when his/her mother smokes. A 2013 study showed that kids as young as 7 had elevated levels of a by-product of nicotine, called cotinine when their mothers smoked. A more recent study published in 2021 found that when a mother smokes during pregnancy, it increases the child’s risk of developing congenital heart disease.

How To Quit Smoking

Tips on how to quit smoking

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Until now, we all knew the ill effects of smoking on a smoker’s health. However, this recent study highlights the impact it has on the future generation’s health as well. Hence, quit smoking, not just for your health’s sake but that of your kids and grandkids too. Here are some tips by the UK’s National Health Service (NHS):

  • First and foremost, make a list of all the reasons why you want to quit smoking.
  • Next, make a plan for the same and stick to it.
  • Chances are you might have tried quitting smoking in the past but failed. Keeping a positive mindset can help you in this. Think of all the reasons why you failed and what you learned in the process.
  • As per a US study, certain foods, such as meat, make cigarettes taste better. On the other hand, fruits and vegetables have the opposite effect. Hence, you must also consider changing your diet to quit smoking. Drinks also have the same effect, as colas, alcohol, tea, and coffee make cigarettes tastier. Hence, try to replace these with water and fresh fruits juices.
  • You can also opt for therapy, such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) that can help you quit smoking efficiently. Nazal sprays, gums, and patches can also help.
  • Seeking support can also help. If any of your family members or friends are also trying to quit, you can do it together. Befriending non-smoker friends can also help as you’ll tend to smoke less or not at all while hanging out with them.

Smoking is injurious to health. It does not just affect your respiratory system and dental health, but other aspects of your health too. Now, the study has revealed how it affects the health of your future generations. Hence, the sooner you quit the better. It will save you the troubles and your future generations too.

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