Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association opines that the quitting smoking is one of the most effective things someone can do to improve their health and prevent illness and disease.
"USPSTF's guideline emphasizes the need to quit smoking. However, quitting smoking is very difficult, and healthcare providers must be able to give their patients every tool proven to help them quit," Wimmer said.
These final recommendations also include the USPSTF's careful review of the scientific evidence around electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), commonly known as e-cigarettes. USPSTF determined that there is insufficient information on whether ENDS are "more helpful or harmful" for helping smokers quit.
Instead, USPSTF urged clinicians to direct their patients who smoke to cessation interventions that have been proven safe and effective.
"The American Lung Association agrees with the Task Force's recommendations that clinicians should only be recommending FDA-approved smoking cessation interventions to their patients. E-cigarettes are an unregulated tobacco product and no e-cigarette has been found by FDA to be safe and effective in helping smokers quit," Wimmer said.