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Group rules on effectiveness of smoking cessation

December 07, 2015 Rockville, Md. — The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a final recommendation statement about the effectiveness of tobacco smoking cessation in adults and pregnant women.

The USPSTF Behavioral and Pharmacotherapy Interventions for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Women applies to all adults ages 18 and older and all pregnant women. The recommendation advises health professionals to ask all adult patients, including pregnant women, whether they smoke, advise them to quit if they do and provide interventions to help them quit.

The statement also urges adults who do smoke to undergo behavioral interventions such as counseling to help them quit and for those who aren't pregnant to try Food and Drug Administration-approved smoking cessation medications. In regards to electronic nicotine devices, the USPSTF noted that more well-designed, randomized controlled trials are needed before any recommendation can be made about these devices as an option for quitting conventional smoking.