CVS Quits for Good on September 12, 2014
Smokers who try to quit can double or triple their chances by getting counseling, medicine, or both. Individualized smoking cessation plans and education based on your patient’s needs and goals are key to improving the chances of your patients quitting. Studies show that smokers assisted by a health care provider have a much greater chance. We are here to help.
Facts about Quitting:
- Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of preventable disease and death worldwide.
- Smoking causes about 1 of every 5 deaths in the United States each year.
- On average, adults who smoke cigarettes die 14 years earlier than nonsmokers.
- After 24 hours, your risk of heart attack begins to decrease.
- After one year, your risk of heart disease decreases to half that of a current smoker.
- After 5 to 15 years, your risk of stroke is the same as a person who never smoked.
With CVS’s announcement that “Health is Everything” in their book, they changed their name and pulled cigarettes and tobacco products from shelves in 7,700 CVS/pharmacy locations, to help people stay on a better path to health.
“CVS Health is always looking for ways to promote health and reduce the burden of disease,” said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer of CVS Health. “Putting an end to the sale of cigarettes and tobacco will make a significant difference in reducing the chronic illnesses associated with tobacco use.”
BOLD decision? Yes.
Throughout the rest of 2014, the CVS/pharma stores will be unveiling new signage behind the checkout and will introduce a smoking cessation program, while enhancing their nicotine replacement products in select stores.
Why don’t you join CVS Health and pull cigarettes and tobacco use from your patient’s lives? Join MDSpiro’s family and bring health and wellness into your practice with Smoking Cessation programs and products.
Let’s be BOLD together.
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