The Ohio AAP’s Smoke Free Families Learning Collaborative aims to build upon the existing relationships between primary care providers and families by addressing caregiver and family member smoking behavior early in a child’s life, during infant well visit appointments. A screening tool has been developed for easy implementation into clinical practice to allow providers to seamlessly screen for family member smoking and utilize the 5As (Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist and Arrange) for smoking cessation.
- Tobacco smoke exposure (TSE) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality to young children.
- Pediatricians have a unique opportunity to intervene and support families in creating a smoke-free home for their baby.
- Babies who live in a smoke free home:
- are healthier and live longer
- are more likely to meet developmental milestones on time
- get fewer coughs, colds, and ear infections
- go to the hospital less
- have a reduced risk for asthma
- have a reduced risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
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Opportunities for Involvement:
- Contact Hayley Southworth at firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 846-6258 with any questions
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The Smoke Free for Me Learning Collaborative is funded by the Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Medicaid, and the Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program administered by the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center.