Grand­par­ents in fir­ing line over pas­sive smok­ing and giv­ing treats

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ALI­SON MEIKLE

and so are more likely to stay in the home with the chil­dren than take them out.

The re­view also iden­ti­fied prob­lems re­gard­ing to­bacco smoke as grand­par­ents are not com­ply­ing with par­ents’ wishes re­gard­ing sec­ond-hand smoke and be­ing role mod­els who don’t in­dulge in un­healthy be­hav­iours.

Dr Cham­bers said: “While the re­sults of this re­view are clear – that be­hav­iour such as ex­po­sure to smok­ing and reg­u­larly treat­ing chil­dren in­creases can­cer risks as chil­dren grow into adult­hood – it is also clear from the ev­i­dence that these risks are un­in­ten­tional.

“Cur­rently, grand­par­ents are not the fo­cus of pub­lic health mes­sag­ing tar­geted at par­ents and, in light of the ev­i­dence from this study, per­haps this is some­thing that needs to change given the prom­i­nent role grand­par­ents play in the lives of chil­dren.”

The study, pub­lished in PLOS One and fi­nanced by Can­cer Re­search UK, aimed to iden­tify po­ten­tial in­flu­ence grand­par­ents’ habits may have on young­sters’ health.

Pro­fes­sor Linda Bauld, Can­cer Re­search UK’s pre­ven­tion ex­pert, said: “Chil­dren’s health can be af­fected by a range of fac­tors, and this study re­in­forces the im­por­tance of the broader fam­ily pic­ture.

“With both smok­ing and obe­sity be­ing the two big­gest pre­ventable causes of can­cer in the UK, it’s im­por­tant for the whole fam­ily to work to­gether.

“Chil­dren should never be ex­posed to sec­ond-hand smoke but it’s also im­por­tant for chil­dren to main­tain a healthy weight into adult­hood and, in today’s busy world, it’s of­ten the wider fam­ily who have a role to play in keep­ing young­sters healthy. If healthy habits be­gin early in life, it’s much easier to con­tinue them as an adult.” BETHANY KINGS­LEY-GARNER and Andrew Peas­good brought a touch of Christ­mas spirit to one of Scot­land’s lead­ing shop­ping cen­tres.

The Scot­tish Bal­let dancers, who are in The Nutcracker, were in Buchanan Gal­leries in Glas­gow to mark the start of the fes­tive shop­ping sea­son. The cen­tre also launched its first Christ­mas TV ad­vert in a bid to at­tract shop­pers.

The Nutcracker opens at the Fes­ti­val The­atre in Ed­in­burgh on De­cem­ber 9 be­fore per­for­mances at Glas­gow’s The­atre Royal in the new year.

Pic­ture: Kirsty An­der­son

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