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USPSTF releases guidance on smoking cessation


A combination of FDA-approved tobacco cessation medications and behavioral interventions is most effective for helping adult patients stop tobacco use, according to final tobacco cessation guidance released by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in late September, which is consistent with the 2008 U.S. Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guidelines. 


Siu AL et al. Behavioral and pharmacotherapy interventions for tobacco smoking cessation in adults, including pregnant women: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. Ann Intern Med. 2015;[Epub ahead of print].

*We appreciate the assistance of guest advisor Tim Chen, PharmD, BCACP, CGP, (, in reviewing this article. Chen is director of Tobacco Cessation Clinical Resource Center at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System.