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Children (Basel). 2019 Feb 20;6(2). pii: E31. doi: 10.3390/children6020031.

Tobacco Use as a Health Disparity: What Can Pediatric Clinicians Do?

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1
Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA. jyothi.marbin@gmail.com.
2
Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA. valerie.gribben@ucsf.edu.

Abstract

Tobacco use is a global health crisis, and has a tremendous and negative impact on health and wellbeing. Tobacco use disproportionately affects members of vulnerable populations, and by acting on multiple socioecological levels, serves to perpetuate and reinforce cycles of poverty. Members of the pediatric medical community can play a key role in interrupting cycles of tobacco use. Providers can serve as powerful allies to vulnerable communities by treating tobacco use in caregivers, counseling youth against using tobacco products, protecting children from the impact of secondhand smoke exposure, and advocating for economic, social, and health policies to disrupt intergenerational smoking.

KEYWORDS:

e-cigarettes; health disparities; pediatricians; pediatrics; structural barriers; tobacco use

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