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April 28, 2020

Recommendations From the USPSTF for Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents

Author Affiliations
  • 1C. Everett Koop Institute, Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Lebanon, New Hampshire
  • 2Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles
  • 3USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
JAMA. 2020;323(16):1563-1564. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.22312

In this issue of JAMA, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) presents updated recommendations on prevention and cessation of tobacco use among children and adolescents seen in primary care settings.1 The USPSTF recommends education and brief counseling with a clinician to prevent initiation of tobacco use (B recommendation). The USPSTF also concludes that evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of primary care–feasible interventions for the cessation of tobacco use among school-aged children and adolescents (I statement). These recommendations reflect the accompanying Evidence Review.2,3