Primary Care Can Prevent Kids From Smoking


According to a recent recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), primary care workers can provide effective and simple interventions to help prevent tobacco consumption among teenagers and children, .

A ccording to Virginia Moyer, MD, of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, who wrote for the USPSTF, the methods of these interventions may vary from mailing an information to patients and their families to 15 hours of in-person group counseling and all of these methods are proved to be effective.

Virginia Moyer says that for the report, the USPSTF reviewed proof on the effectiveness of primary care interventions on the levels of initiation or stopping the tobacco consumption in teenagers and kids and on health effects.

The new proof has revealed that primary care workers can offer economical, simple and effective interventions to help prevent tobacco consumption among kids and teens. Though most serious negative effects from smoking show up in adult people, it is important for kids and teens to remember that young smokers can suffer from a number of smoking-related diseases.

A study made in 2009 discovered that 23.9% of high school students and 8.2% of middle school students are tobacco users. Though reports show the decline in tobacco use from 2000 to 2011, however, on March 2012 there was declared about an epidemic of smoking among teenager!

Besides this,, a research published in BMJ Open revealed that, German teens started to smoke under the influence of tobacco advertising. Harold Farber, MD, MSPH, of Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston considers that researchers,, parents and politicians must understand the importance of control of this epidemic.

USPSTF recommendation from 2003 made a conclusion that the proof was insufficient to recommend against or for a practice screening for tobacco consumption or interventions to prevent tobacco usage and dependence in kids or teens.

Recent new recommendation provides a number of interventions for both prevention and cessation among youth.

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