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Promote tobacco cessation practices in community pharmacies

KEY POINT

According to recent data, community pharmacists have the training to screen and identify patients currently using tobacco and provide cessation counseling, and patients are generally receptive to these interventions. Barriers such as lack of time and formal training, heavy workload, and reimbursement issues must be addressed to increase the likelihood that these programs will be implemented and will be successful.

SOURCES

Dent LA et al. Tobacco treatment practices of pharmacists in Montana. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2010;50:575–9.

Baggarly SA et al. Implementing a referral to telephone tobacco cessation services in Louisiana community pharmacies: a pilot study. Ann Pharmacother. 2010;44:1395– 402.

Patwardhan PD et al. Tobacco users’ perceptions of a brief tobacco cessation intervention in community pharmacies. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2010;50:568–74.