The recent publication in the editorial column of The Sun (Vancouver) has highlighted some vital facts that the kids of broken marriages become the victims of acute depression and hence tend to smoking.
Many of the girls (below 18 years of age) of divorced families are found to be 39 percent more addicted to smoking than their peer group from the happy families. The situation was found to be worse in the cases of boys; where 48 percent of the boys from the broken families had picked up the habit of smoking than their peer group from the undisturbed families.
The Dreaded Facts
Divorce cases in Canada are increasing after the enactment of Divorce Act in 1968. Before this act, the divorces were the rare events in the country. In those days, except in some limited number of jurisdictions, no federal divorce law existed in Canada. The increment in divorce cases was further fueled by the reformation in the year, 1985. Divorcing has been made very easier by “making marital breakdown to be the only reason”; the separation period also has been brought down to only one year from three years.
Research Findings The study by Esme Fuller-Thomson, Faculty of Social Work in the Factor-In went ash, the University of Toronto, reveals that there are three factors that can explicitly detail about the relation between smoking and divorce. They are 1) lower level of income or education as the first factor, 2) anxiety or depression among the children of the broken families and the 3) Childhood abuses or early childhood traumas.
The Divorces & The Direct Impacts On The Kids According to some other studies, the children of the divorced families show irritations, hostility & resentment; experience anger; fear betrayal; feel abandoned or rejection or lost; become involved in delinquent activities; tend to addictive behavior; show reduced psychological & physical health. The most dangerous ill-effect of this family-derived menace is, kids from the divorced families also tend to divorce in their own married life.
The Shining In The Cloud
As per the “Statistic Canada” (1968 and 1985 were the worst years to have spurted in divorce cases), from 1987 on wards, the number of divorce cases are coming down by 8% per annum. These facts have been recorded during 2006/07 and 2010/11. While the biennial smoking survey conducted by the Health Canada has revealed that Canada has become successful in reducing smoking habit among the young generation. According to the statistics maintained by the Health Canada, smoking habit among grade 6 through 9 is 3% reduced during 2008-09 and up to 2% in the following year during 2010-11. The rate of reduction of smoking is in between 13 and 10 percent among the high school students.