Pharmacist initiates campaign to help snuff out smoking

In St. Clair, MO, Medicine Shoppe Pharmacist Marty Hinterlong has started a campaign in which he will offer nicotine replacement products slightly over his cost in an attempt to increase smoking cessation. His goal is to help at least 50 people discontinue the nicotine habit.

In St. Clair, MO, Medicine Shoppe Pharmacist Marty Hinterlong has started a campaign in which he will offer nicotine replacement products slightly over his cost in an attempt to increase smoking cessation. His goal is to help at least 50 people discontinue the nicotine habit. "I just basically erased the reality of it costing more to smoke than to quit," Hinterlong said. Nicotine replacement therapies such as gum, patches, inhalers, nasal spray, and lozenges can help tobacco users quit by reducing withdrawal symptoms while the person transitions to a smoke-free life. Hinterlong said nicotine replacement therapy is "fantastic" if it is done in conjunction with other things, such as a support group, and he especially promotes patches because he said they can be used in combination with other products. Other pharmacies in the area have heard about Hinterlong's campaign, and Sinks Pharmacy has said it will also offer nicotine replacement at just above cost.