Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Children's Doctor Shares Tips on How to Talk to Parents About Smoking and Secondhand Smoke

As part of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Tobacco Education Campaign (Tips From Former Smokers), CDC has partnered with national physician organizations and other state and national partners on a "Talk With Your Doctor" initiative. This initial effort seeks to: (1) engage health care providers in the Tips media campaign, (2) encourage health care providers to use the campaign to open up a dialogue with patients about smoking and quitting, and (3) empower patients to address the issue with their doctor.

The week of May 27th through June 2nd, the Tips national television ads will feature a new tagline: "You Can Quit. Talk with Your Doctor for Help." Following that week, the "Talk With Your Doctor" call to action is expected to continue through outreach and other media activities.

Talking with your patients about tobacco use has never been easier. A number of referral resources exist to support your work with patients, including toll-free tobacco quitlines in each state (1-800-QUIT-NOW, or 1-855-DÉJELO-YA for Spanish). CDC's campaign website ( or can also be used as a resource for patients. In addition to information about the real people featured in the Tips From Former Smokers ads, the Tips website includes information about quitting, and a guide to help patients plan for a quit attempt.

Dr. Karen Wilson Section Head, Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Children’s Hospital Colorado, shares tips for starting conversations with parents about secondhand smoke.

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