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Most kids of smokers what parents to quit

Dec. 23, 2012 at 4:37 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Recent research finds more than 50 percent of children in Britain say their one wish for Christmas is for their parents to stop smoking, researchers say.

Researchers at the New York University's Langone Medical Center said a November survey by Britain's Department of Health found more than a third of children in Britain said they would go without any Christmas presents; 78 percent would commit to doing their homework every night and 76 percent would go to bed when told if their parent quit smoking.

Seven-out-of 10 many children said they worry about their parent dying.

"Try to quit for your children and grandchildren, and make your home smoke-free for the holidays," a statement from NYU's Langone Medical Center said. "New Yorkers can call for a free personalized quit plan, call 1-866-NY-QUITS or visitwww.nysmokefree.com."

Children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to suffer ear infections, colds, severe asthma attacks, and lung problems, the researchers said.

No survey details were provided.

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