Fewer parents smoke when pediatricians offer tobacco screening, treatment
(Reuters Health ) - Parents who smoke may be more likely to quit when they receive tobacco screening and smoking cessation treatment from their ...
"Most parents want to quit smoking but they don't often get the help they need from their own doctor," said Dr. Jonathan Winickoff, senior author of the study and a pediatrician at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in Boston.
"Parents may be especially willing to quit smoking when they are thinking about the health of their own children," Winickoff said by email.
"Parents are twice as likely to set a quit date in the pediatric office than in other contexts," Winickoff said."By failing to offer parents the help they need right at that teachable moment, we really are missing the best opportunity to improve the health of that family."
Out of 8,184 parents screened early on, 961, or 27per cent, were current smokers at pediatrics offices offering treatment, and 1,103, or 24per cent, were current smokers at practices sticking with usual care.
Two years later, about 24per cent of parents in the practices offering tobacco screening and treatment smoked, compared with 25per cent in practices sticking with usual care.
"Parents are the most important group to invest in for tobacco cessation because when they quit, they gain over 10 years of life on average, they have US$2,000 extra dollars per year to spend on their families (if they smoked a pack a day), and their kids will be healthier with lower risk of pneumonia, asthma, ear infections, ADHD, and of sudden infant death syndrome," Winickoff said.Read more: CNA
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