publication date: Feb. 6, 2015

CVS Provided Counseling to 67,000 in Four Months After Halting Sales of Tobacco


A year after it announced its decision to stop tobacco sales, CVS Health released data that shows how its stores are working to deliver the anti-smoking message.

According to CVS, from the launch of the program on Sept. 3, 2014, through December 2014, its pharmacists counseled more than 67,000 patients filling a first prescription for a smoking cessation drug or prescription nicotine replacement therapy.

CVS said pharmacists have also consulted with thousands more smokers seeking advice about over-the-counter NRT products.

Prescriptions for smoking cessation medications have increased by 63 percent on a monthly basis in the timeframe and visits to MinuteClinic for smoking cessation counseling were up 61 percent compared to the prior eight months, the drug store chain said.

“One year ago, we knew that removing cigarettes and tobacco products from our stores would not be enough on its own to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our customers and patients who smoke,” said Troyen Brennan, chief medical officer at CVS Health, said in a statement. “We believe our combined efforts of eliminating pharmacy-associated access to tobacco products, and a devoted smoking cessation program through our channels will help our patients on their path to better health.”

The CVS Health smoking cessation program combines the elements that are the most effective smoking cessation components: an assessment of the smoker’s readiness to quit, medication support, coaching and education.

CVS/pharmacy also offered ready access to over-the-counter NRT products that assist smokers trying to quit.

Purchases of these products increased 21 percent in September through December over the previous … Continue reading 41-05 CVS Provided Counseling to 67,000 in Four Months After Halting Sales of Tobacco

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