Is smoking transmitted from one generation to another?

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Smoking is one of the leading causes of mortality in industrialised nations. But is it a habit which is directly transmitted from one generation to another? Dr Alexi Gugushvili (Postdoctoral Reseach Fellow here at DSPI) was the lead author on a recent paper in the International Journal of Public Health which took a new approach to this question in Russia and Belarus.

Alexi’s paper focussed on the under-explored area of the role of parental smoking on middle-aged and older populations. In this guest blog post for the journal he explains the background to his work and asks why we should care. You can also read the open access paper itself here.