July 01, 2019

States Are Looking to Pharmacists to Increase Access to Tobacco Cessation Therapy

Krystalyn K. Weaver, Pharm D, JD Candidate, Class of 2021, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, Arlington, VA and Joseph L. Fink III, BSPharm, JD, DSc (Hon), FAPhA, Professor of Pharmacy Law and Policy and Kentucky Pharmacists Association Endowed Professor of Leadership, University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, Lexington, KY

Though the United States’ adult cigarette-smoking rate is at an all-time low,1 the health effects of smoking remain prevalent and devastating. Helping current smokers quit should remain a focus for healthcare professionals and policy makers. Some states are recognizing the capabilities and accessibility of pharmacists and are looking to them to help by authorizing pharmacists to autonomously prescribe tobacco cessation therapy.

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