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Pediatric primary care clinicians “frequently” screened parents to obtain their smoking behaviors but “rarely” provided smoking cessation counseling, researchers wrote in PLoS One.

“Our [pediatric] patients are often affected by the decisions and choices of their parents, making it important that we provide education, resources and support to the parents,” Tregony Simoneau, MD, a pediatric pulmonologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, told Healio Primary Care. “In order to do this well, we need to understand the needs of the parents.”