Preventive Services Task Force releases final recommendations on smoking cessation

Jan. 20, 2021

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released a final recommendation statement on interventions to help adults, including pregnant women, quit smoking, according to a press release.

The final recommendation statement can be found on the task force’s website and in the January 19, 2021 online issue of JAMA.

In the final recommendation, the task force said clinicians should ask people about their tobacco use and connect them to safe methods to quit, such as behavioral interventions. The task force also recommends U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved pharmacotherapy for cessation but only for nonpregnant adults.

The task force also said the research is unclear about whether e-cigarettes help adults quit smoking, and it recommended that scientists undertake more research to assess the benefits and harms of using medications to help pregnant women quit.

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