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Table 6 Number of children likely to be drawn into poverty by parental smoking (thousands)

From: Parental smoking and child poverty in the UK: an analysis of national survey data

Children with a single parent who smokes
Number of children in household One Child Two Children Three or more children Total Total drawn into poverty
Single mother 49 97 90 236 118
Single father 5 10 9 24 12
Children with two parents of whom at least one smokes
Married, one smokes 43 92 85 220 110
Cohabitating, one smokes 34 71 66 172 86
Married, both smoke 12 25 23 60 60
Cohabitating, both smoke 9 19 18 47 47
Total 99 207 192 758 432
  1. Assumptions: If all parents in household smoke their children are drawn into poverty by expenditure on cigarettes. Half of children living with two parents, one of whom smokes, are drawn into poverty.
  2. Note: Estimates rounded to the nearest thousand.