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Asking the Right Questions About Secondhand Smoke.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Jonathan D Klein, MD, MPH, Margaret E Chamberlin, PhD, Elizabeth A Kress, MJ, Mark W Geraci, MD, Susan Rosenblatt, JD, LLM, Rachel Boykan, MD, Brian Jenssen, MD, MSHP, Stanley M Rosenblatt, JD, Sharon Milberger, ScD, William G Adams, MD, Adam O Goldstein, MD, MPH, Nancy A Rigotti, MD, Melbourne F Hovell, PhD, MPH, Amanda L Holm, MPH, Richard W Vandivier, MD, Thomas L Croxton, MD, PhD, Patricia L Young, BA, Lani Blissard, MS, Kate Jewell, ND, Leisa Richardson, BA, John Ostrow, JD, Elissa A Resnick, MPH.
Asking the Right Questions About Secondhand Smoke.
Nicotine & Tobacco Research, ntz125,

Despite knowledge about major health effects of secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS) exposure, systematic incorporation of SHS screening and counseling in clinical settings has not occurred. Panelists agreed that both adults and children should be screened during clinical encounters by asking if they are exposed or have ever been exposed to smoke from any tobacco products in their usual environment. The panel found that consistent clinician training, quality measurement or other accountability, and policy and electronic health records interventions were needed to successfully implement consistent screening. The panel successfully generated screening questions and identified priorities to improve SHS exposure screening. Policy interventions and stakeholder engagement are needed to overcome barriers to implementing effective SHS screening.

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