'Smoke and Mirrors': Eliminating Tobacco from Pharmacies

July 28, 2014 7:44 PM

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'Smoke and Mirrors': Eliminating Tobacco from Pharmacies

Jane (not her real name) was middle-aged, but looked older. She had been smoking since she was a teen. Now, her lungs were besieged by COPD. As a pulmonary physician, I treat many patients with lungs devastated by smoking. Jane had come to my office in search of a miracle. At best, I could only prescribe oxygen and medication, neither of which would cure the condition. For the rest of her life, an oxygen tank will be Jane's constant companion.

By now, almost everyone is aware of the hazards associated with cigarette smoking. Yet, everyday in United States, 3,200 persons -- younger than 18 -- smoke their first cigarette. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs in existence. Cigarette s...

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