Smoking cessation: Significance and implications for children

Andrea T. Borchers, Carl L Keen, M. Eric Gershwin

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A number of people in the USA who are still current smokers remain a staggering figure. Although this number continues to decrease, there is still a considerable amount of second-hand smoke. More importantly and for the purpose of this review, the detrimental effects of passive smoke in children is significant. We will not review the specific health effects of passive smoke, but for pediatricians, in particular, it is important to place in perspective programs that are available to influence the parents of children to stop smoking. Indeed, approximately 25% of all children aged 3-11 live in a household with at least one smoker. Despite the increasing number of communities in the states that have instituted restrictions or complete bans on smoking in the workplace and in many public areas, the principal site of smoking remains the home.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-249
Number of pages19
JournalClinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2008


  • Asthma
  • Environmental pollution
  • Epidemiology
  • Passive smoke
  • Tobacco

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy


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