September 29th, 2017

London Drugs and QuitNow Offering 10 Dedicated Smoking Cessation Clinics in the Lower Mainland in October

*April Age software used during London Drugs’ Smoking Cessation Walk-In Clinics demonstrates a patient’s age progression as a smoker.

Personalized quit plans, coaching and financial support for nicotine replacement therapy will be offered to those eligible care of the B.C. Government Smoking Cessation Program  

During the month of October, tobacco users in the lower mainland will have a new support resource to help them kick their habit and lead healthier lives. The BC Government’s QuitNow program, in conjunction with the BC Lung Association, has partnered with London Drugs to host smoking cessation walk-in clinics in 10 BC Lower Mainland London Drugs pharmacies from October 2nd to October 20nd.

During the smoking cessation clinics, London Drugs’ Certified Tobacco Educators (CTEs) will:

  • Discuss practical tips and advice to help people reduce/quit tobacco
  • Develop personalized quit plans to help people stop smoking
  • Conduct age progression examples on the long-term effects of smoking using *April Age software (photo below)
  • Offer BC smoking cessation program for nicotine replacement

QuitNow health promoters will be in attendance, conducting carbon monoxide testing and offering education on tools and resources available to help people to quit. Each attendee will also receive a Smoking Cessation Kit which includes tips on coping with withdrawal symptoms, getting rid of the tobacco smell, and also key factors to consider when it comes to teens and smoking.

“There is an ongoing need for our pharmacists to have an active role in helping people to quit smoking and tobacco use,” says Chris Chiew, general manager, pharmacy, London Drugs. “Joining together with QuitNow on this 10-clinic initiative allows us to work together to build awareness that resources and coaching ARE available to people, and at no cost. We sincerely hope those who are considering quitting smoking will visit us at one of these 10 clinics in October.”

Partnering with QuitNow is a natural progression in London Drugs’ ongoing efforts to help British Columbians quit smoking. Since 2014, London Drugs pharmacists have conducted more than 126,000 smoking cessation consultations.

“QuitNow is pleased to be able to work together with London Drugs to help the public understand the dangers of tobacco use and the tools available to help people to quit,” says Tracey Jirak, QuitNow. “Patient counseling is an integral component to any smoking cessation program and smokers who receive professional guidance and support have a much greater chance of successfully quitting.”

For clinic dates and locations, visit here: Smoking Cessation Clinics for more information.



July 3rd, 2014

Teens and Smoking

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People typically begin to smoke during their teens. Studies show that teens become hooked on nicotine after smoking only a few cigarettes (as few as three a week). Girls become addicted faster than boys, sometimes in three weeks. Teen smokers get sick more often than teens who don’t smoke and may have smaller lungs and weaker hearts as well.
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June 29th, 2014

Smoke NV

Smoke NV Starter Kit
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If you enjoy the tactile associations of smoking and don’t want to give them up, Smoke NV is your answer! Smoke NV is a device that emits a harmless, nicotine-free vapour that simulates the sensation of smoking. It allows you to satisfy your desire for cigarettes without compromising your health and wellbeing. The attractive device will not give you smoker’s breath or yellowed teeth, and is harmless to other people and to the environment.
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February 26th, 2014

The Year to Quit

year2quitIf quitting smoking is high on your agenda this year, your chances of succeeding are higher than ever. Our wide variety of smoking cessation aids are designed to help you quit the habit as painlessly as possible so that you can count on being smoke-free by the time 2015 rolls around.

In Canada, quitting smoking is the second most popular New Year’s resolution after losing weight. It is closely followed by sticking to a budget, and saving more money.
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February 12th, 2014

February Is Heart Month

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Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease. It contributes to the buildup of plaque in your arteries, increases the risk of blood clots, reduces the oxygen in your blood, increases your blood pressure and forces your heart to work harder. When combined with other risk factors—including elevated blood cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and overweight/obesity—smoking further increases your risk of heart disease and/or stroke.
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January 6th, 2014

Don’t underestimate the benefits of quitting smoking

Hister_Art_07This one is really a no-brainer (which is why, my wife said, I’m the perfect guy to write it; you should ignore her comments, as I try to do very often).

If you smoke and you had to make one lifestyle adjustment that would provide the maximum benefit to your future health (never mind adding to the health of everyone you spend any time with), nothing comes even close to offering you the life-enhancing benefits than stopping your smoking habit.
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September 24th, 2013

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects many Canadians.  Dry, itchy and sore skin accompanied with flare-ups of painful scales occurs with this condition. It might be good to know that there are many prescription treatments available.
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In today’s post, I would like to highlight some skin care recommendations for people with psoriasis.

DON’T SCRATCH or PICK

  • Although scratching seems like the reaction to irritated skin, it can lead to open sores and possibly infection

MOISTURIZE

  • So easy, yet so effective!
  • Reduces itchiness, dryness, redness and soreness and scaling
  • Helps skin heal after a flare up
  • Choose products that are fragrance-free

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