WASHINGTONThe US Public Health Service (PHS) has released
Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: A Clinical Practice
Guideline, which offers trial-based data on first- and
second-line therapies to help smokers quit.
A nongovernment panel of experts compiled the publication. The
guideline stresses that treatments are both clinically effective and
cost-effective, and urges health insurers to cover tobacco-dependency
therapies identified in the guideline. For copies, call 1-800-358-9295
or go to http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/tobacco/default.htm.