A report in Pediatrics suggests that pediatricians could play an important role in the health of their patient's parents.
The report says if parents want to quit smoking they should be able to get help from their child's doctor. The reason is that it's not uncommon for adults to see their child's doctor more often than they see their own. A national survey found 85% of smoking parents reacted favorably to the idea of their child's pediatrician prescribing or recommending medications to help them quit.
The report suggests that if pediatricians would help parent smokers kick the habit, they would be, in a round about way, helping the health of the child. Since we know, for example, that children are three times more likely to die from exposure to second hand smoke than all childhood cancers combined.