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August 12, 2019

Parental Tobacco Counseling in the Well-Child Visit—A Method With Enhanced Effectiveness but Nowhere to Go

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York
  • 2Pediatrics, Montefiore Health System, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York
JAMA Pediatr. 2019;173(10):914-915. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.2659

Exposure to tobacco is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States and as such was noted in the recent US Surgeon General’s report, “The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress”: “The epidemic of smoking-caused disease in the 20th century ranks among the greatest public health catastrophes of the century, while the decline of smoking consequent to tobacco control is surely one of public health’s greatest successes.”1(p33) As the documented consequences of passive tobacco exposure make clear, these observations are as relevant for the pediatric population of this country as they are for adults.