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Smoking Cessation: One of the Many Pulls on a Primary Care Provider’s Time

This past week, I was afforded the opportunity to attend the American Academy of Family Physicians Assembly in Washington, D.C., as the guest of my dad, a family practice doctor. Although many of the sessions were not relevant (or, let's be honest, comprehensible) to my public health and preventative health background, I did attend some interesting lectures on smoking cessation, immunizations, and other topics that, while still obviously tailored to the primary care provider (PCP) audie… [Read More]

CVS Health Demonstrates Unique Commitment to Tobacco Cessation

This blog post originally appeared on the Global Bridges website. Article 14 of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) includes treatment as an essential component of a comprehensive strategy to end tobacco dependence.  I applaud the groundbreaking decision of a major for-profit corporation to embrace this as part of their corporate mission. In February 2014, the United States' second-largest pharmacy chain, CVS Caremark (now CVS He… [Read More]

Finally a Productive Use for the Ubiquitous SMS Message

Previously on the Healthyist, we've talked about the power of mHealth (mobile health) to reach our consumers where they are, but the field is new, and there isn't yet a significant evidence base. As readers may have noticed, my interests lie in tobacco control and cessation. There are a few programs out there in the United States that use text messages, rather than a mobile app or mobile web, to not only get a message across, but to actually deliver health interventions: Text4Baby, Tex… [Read More]
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