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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Smoking and Tobacco
Options to help teens quit smoking
Our Foster son was a heavy smoker before he came to us. We don`t allow him to smoke and now he would like to quit. He says he needs help and we don`t know what options are available to him. Are there any safe products to help teens quit smoking? (He is only 13)
Nicotine replacement products such as gum or patches, and the smoking cessation medication Zyban are not officially approved for use in anyone under 18; studies on these were performed in adults. You might discuss this with your family doctor. Also, programs through Amer. Cancer Society, Amer. Heart Association, and American Lung Association may be available to your son with your permission. There are excellent Internet sites to assist with smoking cessation as well. He`s lucky to have such supportive parents!
Jerry Friemoth, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati