VAPING, JUUL, and e-cigarettes are ever evolving and it is increasingly difficult to stay informed with the latest information!  Click this link, this, and this one for the latest on JUULing, here for E-cigarettes and electronic nicotine delivery systems, and quick facts about the risk of e-cigarettes are here.

Alarmingly, the use of vaping devices, particularly the inconspicious and nicotine-intense JUUL, among adolescents and young adults has skyrocketed, increasing exponentially in recent months. Clinicians should stay updated on JUUL and other vaping devices to be able to appropriately counsel patients and families.


MS Chapter AAP Tobacco Control Efforts

The Chapter has been working with the Office of Tobacco Control at the MS State Department of Health to promote tobacco abstinence and cessation by children, youth, and their families.  The Tobacco Free Mississippi: Engaging Mississippi Pediatricians project aims to increase the impact of tobacco prevention and cessation messages to children and their families. 

One of the major messages of this project is to encourage pediatricians to become more involved in screening children and caregivers about exposure to Secondhand Smoke and to intervene when a tobacco user is identified.  While several methods of intervention exist, we are encouraging pediatricians to adopt the following method:

"2 A's and a R"
Ask: Ask about tobacco use and smoke exposure at every visit (research shows that just ASKING can double attempts to quit smoking!)
Advise: Strongly advise every user to quit and personalize the health risks to the tobacco user. 
Refer: Refer tobacco users to the state's Quitline: 1-800-QUIT-NOW.  Free nicotine replacement therapy, medications, counseling, and support services can be provided to MS residents. 


Lunch and Learns

Pediatric clinics are invited to host a brief (approximately one hour) training  - and we’ll bring lunch and educational materials you can distribute to your patients.  In addition, you will learn how to simply refer smokers to the state’s tobacco quitline and basics about trending tobacco products, cesstion therapies, and how to augment what clinics are currently doing to identify children exposed to secondhand smoke. Contact to express interest in hosting a lunch and learn.

Local Tobacco "Champion Clinics"
The MS Chapter is working with several pediatric clinics to better integrate tobacco use screening and cessation services to their patients and caregivers. We are proud to be working with the following clinics:

Children's Clinic in Hattiesburg
Office Champion: Barnard Shows

Coastal Family Health Center - Pediatric Clinic
Tobacco Champion: Wendy Williams, MD
Office Champion: Kasandra Judd, LPN

Jackson Pediatric Associates
Tobacco Champion: Dana Carbo- Bryant, MD
Office Champion: Jacqueline Boyd, PNP

Pioneer Family and Pediatric Clinic
Tobacco Champion: M. Sohaib Arain, MD
Office Champion: Heather Ammon, RN


Pediatric Clinic of Magee
Tobacco Champion: Izzeddin Kamelmaz, MD
Office Champion: Brandi Wells


Laurel Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic
Tobacco Champion: Christy Chard, MD
Office Champion: Mandy Hicks

Greenwood Children's Clinic

Tobacco Champion: Billy Boldon, DO

Office Champion: Tiffany McCaskill

Educational resources for Pediatricians
The project provides access to information on statewide cessation and other resources, strategies for incorporating tobacco education into clinic services, and providing access to continuing medical education (CME) offerings.

MS Chapter members interested in participating in a FREE one hour online CME course addressing tobacco use should contact the Chapter at


Need Maintenance of Certification Part 4 credits?

The national AAP offers the EQIPP Eliminating Tobacco Use & Exposure to Secondhand Smoke, an online-based education and quality improvement program that offers participants CME credits, MOC Part 4 credits, tools to collect, analyze, and measure data over time, and guidance in completing a QI activity.   EQIPP is free of charge to participating pediatricians.

To enroll, email the MS Chapter AAP at

State and National Tobacco Cessation Resources

The Mississippi Tobacco Quitline (1-866-QUIT-NOW) provides FREE assistance to help smokers quit. Visit for more information. Over the phone or online counseling, free nicotine replacement therapy, and other supports are available to Mississippi citizens. Pediatricians can help their patients by referring them directly to the quitline via fax or email.


Click here for the MS Quitline provider referral form.

The ACT Center for Tobacco Treatment, Education and Research is the state-based tobacco cessation resource providing face-to-face intervention as well as phone follow-up services for Mississippi residents. This program exists to help people quit using tobacco and stay quit using a proven, evidence-based approach. The Center also provides a continuing education training sessions for health care professionals. For additional information on the services and educational offerings of the ACT Center, visit  or click below to find a center near you:


Act Center Fax Referral and ACT Site Map


National Information and tools to help protect children from the harmful effects of tobacco and secondhand smoke from the AAP’s Richmond Center for Excellence:

Tobacco Control Resources for Your Clinic

For Clinicians

Helping Smokers Quit: A Guide for Clinicians

Information on counseling parents about smoking, second and third-hand smoke, information, how motivational interviewing, and many other resources available from the AAP Richmond Center:


How to integrate tobacco interventions in your practice via CEASE program:

Policies, Clinical Practice Guidelines, and Technical Reports


Policy to Protect Children From Tobacco, Nicotine, and Tobacco Smoke


Public Policy to Protect Children From Tobacco, Nicotine, and Tobacco Smoke


Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems


Nicotine and Tobacco as Substances of Abuse in Children and Adolescents

Tobacco Use – A Pediatric Disease:


Technical Report: Secondhand and Prenatal Tobacco Smoke Exposure


Coding and Payment


Reimbursement for Smoking Cessation Therapy: A Healthcare Practitioner's Guide

For Patients and Families


Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems fact sheet


Facts for parents about ENDS


Electronic Nicotine Delivery System


Secondhand Smoke and Children Fact Sheet


Thirdhand Smoke Fact Sheet


Pediatric specific information:


For individuals with mental/emotional health conditions:


General information (including fact sheets, data, prevention)

Additional Data and Information

Related Web Links
American Academy of Pediatrics' Richmond Center for Excellence
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Talking to Your Patients About Smoking, Including "Five A's" Guidance
American Academy of Family Physicians' TarWars Anti-Tobacco Classroom Curriculum for 4th and 5th Grade Children

The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General - Executive Summary:

Americans for Non-Smokers Rights:

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