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Current Pediatric Reviews


ISSN (Print): 1573-3963
ISSN (Online): 1875-6336

The Pediatrician as Smoking Cessation Counselor: Rationale and Review of the Literature

Author(s): Shawn Ralston

Volume 7 , Issue 2 , 2011

Page: [123 - 127] Pages: 5

DOI: 10.2174/157339611795735611

Price: $65


There is ample evidence that children are harmed by tobacco smoke exposure. Pediatricians concerned about tobacco's effect on children have often focused on harm reduction, i.e. counseling parents to smoke outside. More recently, pediatricians have become interested in directly addressing smoking cessation. This review concentrates on why pediatricians are in a unique position to access smokers, and why they should specifically act as smoking cessation counselors. The available literature on the pediatrician as smoking cessation counselor for both parents and adolescents is reviewed. A brief introduction to the various evidence-based counseling methods is also provided.

Keywords: Smoking cessation, counseling, pediatrician, adolescent, evidence-based, tobacco, WIC Women infants children, HMO Health maintenance organization, ED emergency department

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