What are the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) recommendations to pediatricians regarding patient education about smoking?

Updated: May 25, 2018
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The NHLBI guidelines recommend that pediatricians provide information about the benefits of a smoke-free home environment and reinforce this message at every encounter, including urgent care visits for respiratory problems in children younger than 5 years. In children ages 5 and older, smoke exposure history should be obtained from the child, including personal history of tobacco use. [13]  

Children should be provided with explicit information about the addictive and adverse effects of tobacco and counseled strongly about not smoking. Children and adolescents who smoke should be provided smoking cessation guidance. [13]


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