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Parental absence increases risk of smoking and drinking in children

Study finds children who have experienced the absence of a parent in their first seven years are more likely to have tried smoking and drinking by age 11 Parental absence increases the risk of children drinking and smoking before they become teenagers, research suggests. The study found that children who had experienced the absence of a parent during their first seven years, whether as a result of death, separation or otherwise, were more than twice as likely to have tried smoking and nearly 1.
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