To the Editor.
—I applaud the members of the Smoking Cessation Clinical Practice Guideline Panel and Staff for producing a comprehensive and clinically applicable consensus statement for the practitioner.1 To date, the medical establishment has yet to endorse a specific protocol for the primary care physician that identifies and offers realistic treatment for those individuals who abuse tobacco. The guidelines developed by Dr Fiore and colleagues provide a basic and coherent management approach for combating nicotine addiction—a strategy that can be readily implemented, offers effective medical intervention and immediate results, and ensures continuity of care and ongoing emotional support.It has been the policy of my ambulatory pediatric practice to offer a smoking cessation program to the parents, grandparents, and other primary caretakers of my patients. Subsequent to obtaining a history of the child's exposure to tobacco smoke, I discuss the specific risks to the child related to passive
Perry RF. Clinical Practice Guidelines for Smoking Cessation. JAMA. 1996;276(6):448. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540060024014