Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ask Your Pharmacist

Where do people go when they have an immediate healthcare question or concern?

To the local pharmacy of course. A pharmacist is the most readily and easily-accessible healthcare provider. A pharmacist is available to everyone, can be visited anytime without an appointment, and without any costs for consultation. Pharmacists can do more than just fill prescription medications. Pharmacists have the education and training necessary to provide many other medical and educational healthcare services, including smoking cessation skills.

Pharmacists can give you all of the information you'll need to become a successful quitter, provide any non-prescription medications you may need, follow-up with you to provide encouragement and support, and point you in the right direction for even more help to quit. Not many people are aware of this, but just a brief intervention by a pharmacist has been shown to increase attempts to quit smoking by 30%. They can make a difference.

So, if your pharmacist hasn't discussed your smoking status with you just yet, why pass up an opportunity to talk with this valuable professional resource for help in quiting smoking? Stop by your local pharmacy and initiate a conversation yourself.

You just may be glad you did.

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