How Can My Pharmacist Support Me in Quitting Smoking?

Sherry Gipe

Robert T Henry Pharmacy

Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

January 1, 2022

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. Community pharmacists are the most readily accessible healthcare providers and are positioned to have the most positive impact on smoking cessation due to our location in the community and frequent contact with patients. 

As community pharmacists, we are able to help you with your decision to quit smoking. You must first be ready to quit for any therapy to be successful. Pharmacists are armed with a combination of pharmacotherapy and nonpharmacologic options to help you succeed. Long-acting prescription medications in combination with short-acting over-the-counter therapies to control cravings can be used with our support to increase the rate of successful cessation. Community pharmacists can provide support to those who have not been successful, identify barriers, and adjust therapies accordingly. Without the need for appointments, we are best positioned and prepared to help you successfully end your tobacco use.

The views and opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily represent that of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation. The content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, prescribe or treat any health condition and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health professional.

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