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If you're a smoker who's thinking about quitting, you're not alone. A reported 70 percent of the 36.5 million adult smokers in the United States express a desire to break the habit, and last year, 40 percent tried.1,2 Wherever you are on your journey, pharmacists at Walgreens are accessible and knowledgeable medical experts that can help.

Studies show that consulting with a pharmacist and using pharmacotherapy medications can significantly increase your success rate in quitting smoking.3 Our pharmacists are trained to provide information on prescription and over-the-counter smoking cessation medications and how to manage both the physical and mental symptoms of withdrawal.

Reasons to Quit

It's no secret that smoking isn't good for you. In the United States, smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and accounts for 1 out of every 5 deaths.4 The good news is that smoking is on the decline. In 2005, over 20 percent of adults in the U.S. smoked. In 2015, that number dropped to 15 percent. Still, more than 16 million people in the country are living with a smoking-related disease.5

There are plenty of reasons to quit smoking. Here are just a few:

  • Health: Decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, COPD, chronic bronchitis, asthma, emphysema, and a range of cancers, among many other preventable diseases.6
  • Financial: Along with the rising daily cost of purchasing cigarettes, smokers incur significant long-term financial impacts such as high health and life insurance premiums and frequent doctor visits.7
  • Beauty: Smoking causes bad breath, discolored teeth, and skin problems such as blemishes, premature aging, and wrinkles.8
  • Relationships: Consider the impact that your smoking has on your loved ones. Secondhand smoke is responsible for an estimated 41,000 deaths in the U.S. per year.9

How to Get Help

Many people worry about nicotine withdrawal symptoms, weight gain, and coping with stress when they quit smoking. Pharmacists can offer compassionate and personalized support for how to manage these temporary challenges, including information on over the counter and prescription medications as well as advice on lifestyle changes to help you stay smoke-free.

In addition to speaking with your pharmacists, check out the following support services:

  • Walgreens.com or the Walgreens Mobile App: Explore the Quit Smoking section for information on smoking and its impact on your health, as well as individualized quit plans and a smoking calculator to see how much your habit is costing you now and in the future.
  • Digital Health Advisor: to help you through the process of quitting and to answer your questions.
  • MDLive: Consult with a U.S. board-certified physician online to get help quitting and, if necessary, a prescription for a smoking cessation medication.
  • Walgreens Healthcare Clinics: accept walk-ins and provide both counseling services and prescriptions.
  • Smoking Cessation Products: Walgreens offers a range of products to help with quitting, including over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy (nicotine patches, gum, and lozenges), and prescription medications to relieve cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
  • Pharmacy Chat: Receive 24-hour online expert advice on quitting.

Start Where You Are

If you're interested in learning more about quitting or the impact that smoking has on your body, visit your local Walgreens pharmacist to start a conversation. And if you're not ready to stop now, know that Walgreens is there to help when you are.

References:
  • 1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cigarette Smoking Among Adults—United States, 2005–2015. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2016;65(44):1205–11 [accessed 2016 Nov 14].
  • 2. Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014. Accessed October 12, 2016.
  • 3. Saba M, Diep J, Saini B, Dhippayom T. Meta-analysis of the effectiveness of smoking cessation interventions in community pharmacy. J Clin Pharm Ther. 2014 Jun;39(3):240–7.
  • 4. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014 [accessed 2016 Nov 14].
  • 5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cigarette Smoking Among Adults—United States, 2005–2015. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2016;65(44):1205–11 [accessed 2016 Nov 14].
  • 6. https://smokefree.gov/quitting-smoking/reasons-quit/benefits-quitting
  • 7. https://www.walgreens.com/health/p2/a/3000001/the-real-costs-of-smoking/2306378
  • 8. https://smokefree.gov/quitting-smoking/reasons-quit/benefits-quitting
  • 9. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014. Accessed October 12, 2016.

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