Tell Pharmacies and Wellness Retailers To Toss Out Tobacco!

October 01, 2014

Thousands of people have already signed American Public Health Association’s petition to ask all pharmacies and wellness retailers to stop selling tobacco.  You can sign, too, to ensure you, your children, and future generations are at lower risks from the deadly consequences of tobacco use.
Click Here to Sign the Petition: Stop selling tobacco products in pharmacies and clinics


The vision of the Center for Closing the Health Gap is that Greater Cincinnati will be a healthier region for all. Tobacco products have been a long-acknowledged impediment to …

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MAYO CLINIC: What is Thirdhand Smoke?, 9/26/2014

September 26, 2014

What is Thirdhand Smoke?

We have all heard of the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, but what about thirdhand smoke? Thirdhand smoke is a relatively new discovery and is still being researched; however, the harmful effects are already known. Thirdhand smoke is the residual nicotine and other chemicals left on indoor surfaces by tobacco smoke. Thirdhand smoke reacts with indoor pollutants and creates a toxic mix that contains cancer-causing substances which becomes a threat to nonsmokers. Studies have shown that thirdhand smoke can cling to hair, …

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RWJF: Helping the Homeless Quit Smoking, 9/25/2014

September 25, 2014

Helping the Homeless Quit Smoking

In a Q&A session reported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, two assistant professors at The University of Texas conducted a research study published in the American Journal of Public Health, which addresses the difficulties for the homeless to quit smoking. Homeless individuals reported being surrounded by an average 40 smokers per day, meaning there is no escape. Compare this to individuals attending a smoking cessation group, only surrounded by 3-4 smokers per day. This tobacco-filled environment alone contributes to roughly …

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CDC: Tips From Former Smokers, 08/18/2014

August 18, 2014


The Centers for Disease Control has released their fourth series of public safety announcements highlighting the stories of real people whose tobacco addictions ended up impacting their lives in negative ways.  Many of these men and women started smoking very early in life, and experienced illness and disability during what was supposed to be the healthiest parts of their lives.  These videos and stories also feature people who never smoked, but who were sickened by their exposure to secondhand …

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YALE NEWS: Repackaging Cigarette Addiction, 7/3/2014

July 03, 2014

Repackaging Cigarette Addiction: Yale Researchers call on the FDA to update guidelines on nicotine replacement products

Each year in the U.S., 480,000 people die from tobacco related causes and 16 million people suffer from tobacco-related illnesses. There are many approaches to quit smoking, including nicotine replacement products such as Nicorette gum and patches. Nicotine replacement products are powerful and safe ways to quit smoking. Evidence suggests they can be used earlier, longer, and in different combinations than what is currently recommended by the FDA.

Currently, the FDA guidelines …

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RWJF: Pulling the Plug on the Tobacco “Power Wall”: CVS Pharmacies to Stop Selling Tobacco

February 21, 2014

Pulling the Plug on the Tobacco “Power Wall”: CVS Pharmacies to Stop Selling Tobacco

On February 5th, 2014, CVS Pharmacies formally announced their plan to stop selling tobacco products throughout all of their 7,600 U.S. locations.  This change will take effect starting in October 2014. Not only does this movement remove one of the avenues for current smokers, but it also allows us to look at the power of marketing of such habits, through what is known as the tobacco “power wall.” Through tactics including …

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