USPSTF Updates Tobacco Use Interventions to Include E-Cigarettes and Vaping

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) revised a recommended preventive service for tobacco use interventions for children and adolescents.

May 15, 2020

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) revised a recommended preventive service for tobacco use interventions for children and adolescents.

The recommendation expands the scope of tobacco products to include e-cigarettes and vaping. It recommends that primary care clinicians should provide interventions, including education or brief counseling, to prevent initiation of tobacco use in school-aged children and adolescents. Non-grandfathered group health plans must cover this service, without cost-sharing, effective for plan years beginning on or after April 28, 2021 (January 1, 2022 for calendar year plans).

The ACA requires that non-grandfathered group health plans cover, without cost-sharing, all preventive services with an A or B rating from the USPSTF.

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