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Parent smoking is an important child and adolescent health
issue. Children with a parent who smokes have a significantly
increased risk of disease, hospitalisation, SIDS, and a doubled
risk of that child taking up smoking themselves in adolescence.
Diseases in children associated with parent smoking include:
Quitting smoking is a process that occurs over time, not an
event. Smokers rarely just stop- there are many small steps a
smoker needs to go through to move from thinking about quitting to
actually trying to give up. If done sensitively, brief advice from
a health professional can help to move them along that path towards
quitting. In the adult health setting, a doctor's routine
recommendation to a smoking patient that they should quit has been
shown repeatedly to lead to a small but significantly increased
likelihood of smoking cessation.
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