Doctors Not Discussing the Dangers of Secondhand Smoke Enough
Secondhand smoke is the smoke that is exhaled by a smoker or that comes from the burning end of a cigarette, cigar, or pipe. Exposure to secondhand smoke can cause a range of health problems in children. These include asthma, ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Many parents may not be aware of the dangers of secondhand smoke. It is important to create smoke-free environments for their children. Healthcare providers have an important role to play in educating parents about the dangers of secondhand smoke and helping them to quit smoking if they are smokers themselves. However, research has shown that many healthcare providers do not routinely discuss the dangers of secondhand smoke with parents. Addressing this issue requires healthcare providers to prioritize discussions about secondhand smoke during appointments and to provide resources and support for parents who are trying to quit smoking.