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Children 2019, 6(2), 31; https://doi.org/10.3390/children6020031

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

Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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Received: 21 December 2018 / Revised: 5 February 2019 / Accepted: 12 February 2019 / Published: 20 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tobacco and Nicotine Use and Exposure Among Children and Adolescents)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: health disparities; e-cigarettes; tobacco use; structural barriers; pediatricians; pediatrics health disparities; e-cigarettes; tobacco use; structural barriers; pediatricians; pediatrics
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Marbin, J.N.; Gribben, V. Tobacco Use as a Health Disparity: What Can Pediatric Clinicians Do? Children 2019, 6, 31.

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