Protecting Children and Adolescents From Tobacco and Nicotine
Significant strides have been made in reducing rates of cigarette smoking among adolescents in the United States. However, rates of e-cigarette and similar device use among youth are high, and rates of other tobacco product use, such as cigars and hookahs, have not declined. In addition, almost 40% of children 3 to 11 years of age are regularly exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke, and rates of secondhand exposure to e-cigarette aerosol have increased over the last decade. Pediatricians are uniquely positioned to help children, adolescents, and their families live tobacco-free lives. Actions by pediatricians can help reduce children's risk of developing tobacco and nicotine use disorder and reduce children's tobacco smoke and/or aerosol exposure.
Jenssen, Brian P.; Walley, Susan C.; Boykan, Rachel; Little Caldwell, Alice; and Camenga, Deepa, "Protecting Children and Adolescents From Tobacco and Nicotine" (2023). GW Authored Works. Paper 2977.