Smoking Parents causing child poverty

Around 400,000 children are being pushed into poverty because of their parents’ smoking habit, according to a new study published in BMC Public Health Journal.

The research, published in the BMC Public Health Journal, claims to be the first study of its kind in the UK, highlights the financial burden put on low-income families by smoking.

The lead researcher from the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies at the University of Nottingham, Dr Tessa Langley said, "Smoking reduces the income available for families to feed, clothes and otherwise care for their children living in low-income households."

 An estimated 1.1m children in the UK are living with at least one parent who smokes. A further 400,000 would be classed as being in poverty if parental tobacco expenditure was subtracted from the household’s income. Smoking is estimated to cost around £25 a week per person smoking, that's £1300 each year.

In 2011/12, 17 per cent of children in the UK, were estimated to be in relative poverty, according to the Department for Work and Pensions. In 1999, the UK government set out a target to abolish child poverty by 2020.

Dr Tessa Langley went on to say, "This study demonstrates that if our government, and our health services, prioritised treating smoking dependence, it could have a major effect on child poverty as well as health."

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