PHOENIX, June 13, 2014 (Korea Bizwire)–Men who one day hope to celebrate Father’s Day should think twice if they are currently using tobacco, whether regularly or occasionally. A study by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) explains that men who smoke can cause genetic damage to their future children, even before conception.
FASEB scientists report that men who smoke before conception can damage the genetic information of their offspring, making them more susceptible to diseases such as cancer. Adolescents and young adults should think ahead if they plan on conceiving at some point in their lives.
“Fatherhood feels far away for many young men, but if they are experimenting with tobacco now, this study is important to pay attention to,” said Courtney Ward, Chief, Office of Tobacco Prevention & Cessation, Arizona Department of Health Services. “Young adults may not smoke daily so they think they can quit at any time. However, studies show that a large number of young adults who experiment with cigarettes become daily smokers, which impacts their health and the health of future offspring.”
The side effects of women smoking during pregnancy are well documented, but as this research shows, the effects of men who smoke prior to conception can be just as detrimental to a newborn. In a study carried out at the University of Bradford, researchers wanted to learn more about the effects of exposure to toxins, such as tobacco, before and during conception and pregnancy on both men and women. The study revealed that the toxins from tobacco caused serious damage to a specific section of DNA in the infant, increasing their risk for disease.
Commenting on the study, Ethan Freedman, a 22-year-old male intern at a local advertising firm, said, “Honestly, kids really aren’t on my mind now and I don’t smoke, but reading this study made me realize what can be passed down to children. I’ll be sharing this information with my guy friends who do smoke.”
Ninety percent of adult smokers report that they were regular users by the age of 18. As teens become young adults and experience more responsibility, the urge to smoke becomes stronger as the urge to quit lessens. As demonstrated by the recent studies, smoking as a young adult male not only affects their own long-term health, but also the health of a potential child.
As Father’s Day approaches it is an ideal time to help future dads quit. THE CIGNAL is Arizona’s anti-smoking program aimed at helping young adult smokers. The program offers a website (www.thecignal.com) with customized tips and advice for young smokers and a toll free helpline (1-800-55-66-222) where they can talk to quit coaches specializing in young adult smokers, for free.
Source: ADHS Public Information (via BusinessWire)