January 13, 2014

After years of successfully helping tobacco users quit with the Quit For Life Program, Alere Wellbeing has launched a new book designed to bring that expertise to the everyday consumer.

January 9, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline recently tapped Emmy-nominated choreographer, “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancer and recording artist Mark Ballas to headline the company’s Blueprint to Quit smoking-cessation program.

January 6, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and Walgreens teamed up to launch Sponsorship to Quit, a free online quit-smoking gamification program that smokers can personalize with customized tools and tips during their journey to quit.

December 30, 2013

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 120 million Americans will make New Year’s resolutions, with such health-related goals as quitting smoking topping the list.

December 9, 2013

Fifteen years after reaching more than $246 billion in legal settlements against the tobacco industry, most states have fallen short of spending a significant portion of the money on programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a report released Monday by a coalition of public health organizations.

November 19, 2013

The Foundation for Health Smart Consumers and the Convenient Care Association presented the Inspire program at the recent Beyond the 5 A’s: Improving Cessation Intervention through Strengthened Training conference held in Scottsdale, Ariz.

November 19, 2013

Many of the most popular anti-smoking apps for iPhones or Androids lack some basic strategies that are known to help smokers quit, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine released Tuesday.

October 22, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved drugs for depression and smoking cessation made by Jubilant Life Sciences, the company said.

September 20, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2013 Tips From Former Smokers campaign produced more than 150,000 additional calls to 1-800-QUIT-NOW, a number that links callers to their state quitlines, according to a report in last week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

September 9, 2013

E-cigarettes may be as effective as nicotine patches in helping smokers quit, according to a new study.

August 12, 2013

NACDS is hosting the inaugural Total Store Expo conference in Las Vegas from August 10 to 13. Below are some of our editors' picks of the hot OTC products at the show.

August 8, 2013

Even though section 1201 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — the section that enables health payers to charge a 50% premium on smokers — won't go into effect until 2015, smoking cessation will be a growing category in 2014.

July 24, 2013

An increase in tobacco taxes in Minnesota has nearly tripled enrollment in a health plan's smoking-cessation program.

June 14, 2013

Arco Health, Inc., makers of Diet-Burst gum, announced last week new packaging designs for its dietary supplement gum, as well as new nicotine replacement products available in July.

May 1, 2013

A search feature that allows pharmacies to quickly determine why patients are calling so they can better serve their needs and a patient registration system that allows easier enrollment in medication-time reminders, disease management and smoking-cessation programs are among the new features of the latest version of PrescribeWellness' software system.

April 29, 2013

Johnson & Johnson chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky last week told shareholders that its consumer healthcare business would reclaim its prominence in the U.S. marketplace at the company's annual shareholder meeting. But OTC growth will be greatest outside of the United States.

April 29, 2013

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania last week reported that an area of the brain that initiates behavioral changes had greater activation in smokers who watched anti-smoking ads with strong arguments versus those with weaker ones, and irrespective of such flashy elements as bright and rapidly changing scenes, loud sounds and unexpected scenario twists.

April 24, 2013

The Foundation for Health Smart Consumers has announced a major expansion of its smoking cessation initiative through the Inspire Program, which will launch at the annual Retail Clinician Education Congress held in May in Las Vegas.

April 21, 2013

One of the ways retailers help consumers realize their full healthcare value is through the kind of outcome management Safeway pharmacists adopted earlier this year to help people quit smoking.

April 1, 2013

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare today commended the proposals by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after the administration announced recommendations to remove certain warning statements and modifications of the instructions for use of nicotine replacement therapy products.

March 13, 2013

The improvement in cardiovascular health that results from quitting smoking far outweighs the limited risks to cardiovascular health from the modest amount of weight gained after quitting, according to a National Institutes of Health-funded community study.

February 21, 2013

Smokeless tobacco users who said they didn’t want to quit changed their minds or significantly cut back when given nicotine lozenges or tobacco-free snuff in a Mayo Clinic study.

February 15, 2013

The philanthropic arm of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is supporting various heart-health programs around the country to support a Department of Health and Human Services campaign.

February 15, 2013

A smoking cessation program developed by the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy will be deployed through Safeway pharmacies, the university announced. As part of the program, Safeway pharmacists will receive special training in counseling techniques.

It's one of the first partnerships of its kind and another example of how community pharmacy will be stepping into a more preventive healthcare role. You can expect to see more types of these smoking cessation programs along with other proactive health interventions tackling weight loss and encouraging healthier behaviors.