Pediatric Tobacco Control

VAPING, JUUL, and e-cigarettes are ever evolving and it is increasingly difficult to stay informed with the latest information! Alarmingly, the use of vaping devices, particularly the inconspicious and nicotine-intense JUUL, among adolescents and young adults has skyrocketed, increasing exponentially in recent months. Clinicians should stay updated on JUUL and other vaping devices to be able to appropriately counsel patients and families.

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MS CHAPTER AAP TOBACCO CONTROL EFFORTS
The Chapter has been working with the Office of Tobacco Control at the MS State Department of Health to promote tobacco abstinence and cessation by children, youth, and their families.  The Tobacco Free Mississippi: Engaging Mississippi Pediatricians project aims to increase the impact of tobacco prevention and cessation messages to children and their families.

“2 A’s AND A R”
Ask: Ask about tobacco use and smoke exposure at every visit (research shows that just ASKING can double attempts to quit smoking!)
Advise: Strongly advise every user to quit and personalize the health risks to the tobacco user.
Refer: Refer tobacco users to the state’s Quitline: 1-800-QUIT-NOW.  Free nicotine replacement therapy, medications, counseling, and support services can be provided to MS residents.

LUNCH AND LEARNS
Pediatric clinics are invited to host a brief (approximately one hour) training  – and we’ll bring lunch and educational materials you can distribute to your patients.  In addition, you will learn how to simply refer smokers to the state’s tobacco quitline and basics about trending tobacco products, cesstion therapies, and how to augment what clinics are currently doing to identify children exposed to secondhand smoke. Contact mschapteraap@gmail.com to express interest in hosting a lunch and learn.

STATE AND NATIONAL TOBACCO CESSATION RESOURCES
The Mississippi Tobacco Quitline (1-866-QUIT-NOW) provides FREE assistance to help smokers quit. Visit www.quitlinems.com for more information. Over the phone or online counseling, free nicotine replacement therapy, and other supports are available to Mississippi citizens. Pediatricians can help their patients by referring them directly to the quitline via fax or email.

Click here for the MS Quitline provider referral form.The ACT Center for Tobacco Treatment, Education and Research is the state-based tobacco cessation resource providing face-to-face intervention as well as phone follow-up services for Mississippi residents. This program exists to help people quit using tobacco and stay quit using a proven, evidence-based approach. The Center also provides a continuing education training sessions for health care professionals. For additional information on the services and educational offerings of the ACT Center, visit www.act2quit.org  or click below to find a center near you:

Act Center Fax Referral and ACT Site Map

National Information and tools to help protect children from the harmful effects of tobacco and secondhand smoke from the AAP’s Richmond Center for Excellence: www.aap.org/richmondcenter

The Tobacco Free Mississippi: Engaging Mississippi Pediatricians project is funded by a grant from the Mississippi State Department of Health Office of Tobacco Control.