Men’s Smoking Behavior across the Transition to Fatherhood
Matthias Pollmann-Schult, Magdeburg University
This study is one of the first to examine changes in men’s tobacco consumption across the transition to fatherhood. For the analysis, I employed data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), a nationally representative longitudinal sample that has been conducted annually since 1984. In the multivariate analysis, I estimated fixed-effects logit regression and linear regressions with cluster-robust standard errors. Smoking behavior is measured by smoking status (smoker vs. non-smoker) and the number of cigarette smoked per day among men who regularly smoke.
My study indicates that the transition to fatherhood has little effect on men’s smoking behavior. Young fathers are not more likely to quit smoking than childless men. However, fathers who continue smoking reduce their cigarette consumption, but this reduction is quite small, and diminishes in subsequent years. These findings suggest that anti-smoking programs should focus more strongly on the health behavior of fathers, who are often neglected by such programs. Because the smoking behavior of partners is inter-related, mothers might benefit as well from health programs addressing fathers’ smoking.
Presented in Session 17: Health Aspects of Birth and Parenthood