USPSTF Urges Interventions to Prevent Tobacco Use in Youth

Monday, August 26, 2013 (Last Updated: 08/27/2013)

MONDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that primary care physicians provide interventions such as education and brief counseling to prevent the initiation of tobacco use in school-aged children and teenagers, according to a Recommendation Statement jointly published online Aug. 26 in the Annals of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

Virginia A. Moyer, M.D., M.P.H., and colleagues from the USPSTF in Rockville, Md., conducted a systematic literature review to update the 2003 recommendation statement on primary care interventions to prevent tobacco use in children and adolescents. They examined the effectiveness of primary care interventions on starting or quitting tobacco use, and on related health outcomes, including respiratory health, oral and dental health, and adult smoking. Evidence was also considered relating to the potential harms of interventions.

Based on these findings, the Task Force determined that, for school-aged children and adolescents, primary care clinicians should provide interventions, including education or brief counseling, to prevent the initiation of tobacco use (B recommendation).

"As a pediatrician, I believe that preventing tobacco use is critical in helping young people live long, healthy lives," Task Force member David Grossman, M.D., M.S.P.H., said in a statement. "The good news is that we have solid evidence primary care clinicians can help their young patients be tobacco free. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

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