New resource explores ways pharmacists lead smoking cessation efforts

Medical Arts Pharmacy in Fayetteville, AR, is the only local provider in the area offering smoking cessation counseling and support to patients.

“There are a lot of people who need this service and doctors just don't have time to go through all the things we go through to help people be successful,” said Julie Stewart, PharmD, who has been practicing at the pharmacy for over 15 years.

Word is out that pharmacists are in a perfect position to help patients quit tobacco. In January of this year, the Surgeon General released the first report on smoking cessation in 30 years, highlighting the important role pharmacists play in cessation efforts.

“All pharmacists, along with other members of the health care team, play a critical role in screening patients for tobacco product use and in providing treatment options and supportive care to help patients quit,” said RADM Ty Bingham, PharmD, chief pharmacy officer with the U.S. Public Health Service. “We can improve access to evidence-based cessation services for individuals seeking to quit.”

Evidence has shown that quit attempts are most successful when supported by evidence-based treatments, including pharmaceutical aids and counseling services, and the profession of pharmacy has made major strides to have a prominent role in tobacco cessation efforts over the decades.

A new resource from APhA was developed to highlight the ways in which pharmacists are engaging with tobacco cessation interventions.

“These case studies showcase how pharmacists in different health care settings across the nation are maximizing their expertise to assist patients who use tobacco to quit, setting them on course for improved health and well-being,” RADM Bingham said.

For the full article, please visit www.pharmacytoday.org for the November 2020 issue of Pharmacy Today.