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Parental smoking puts 400 000 UK children into poverty, researchers say

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 29 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2890
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Some 400 000 children in the United Kingdom live in poverty because their parents smoke and forgo basic household and food essentials to fund their habit, researchers have estimated. They argue that spending more on services to help smokers quit would improve the lives of children.

For the study, published in the journal BMC Public Health,1 researchers analysed findings from the 2012 Households Below Average Income report and the 2012 Opinions and Lifestyle Survey to estimate the number of children living in poor households containing smokers, how …

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