- by Dr Gowher Yusuf
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- Mar 21 2017
Counselling Prevents Youth Smoking
New evidence has shown that simple, economical, interventions by primary care clinicians can help prevent tobacco use among children and teenagers, according to updated guidelines from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
“Youth tobacco prevention is an important public health issue that requires layered intervention.
Internal medicine physicians who treat both adolescents and adults are uniquely positioned to provide education and counselling to children and their parents.”
Early onset of tobacco use may impair lung growth and result in the early onset of lung deterioration, respiratory and asthma related symptoms, and ultimately death. Two of the strongest predictors of smoking initiation in children and adolescents are parental smoking and parental nicotine dependence; other risk factors include low levels of parental monitoring, easy access to cigarettes, the perception that peers smoke, and exposure to tobacco promotions.
A systematic review by the USPSTF now allows them to conclude that primary care clinicians can make difference in helping youth choose to not use tobacco, thereby improving their health and lifespan. The task force therefore recommends that healthcare professionals deliver behavioral counselling against tobacco use in person, by telephone, and/or using reading materials, computer applications and videos.
If you think you or your teen requires counselling, kindly contact us and fix an appointment with our Health Psychologist.
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