269890 Tobacco-Free Pharmacies: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Monday, October 29, 2012

Fred Mayer, RPh, MPH , Pharmacy Planning Service, Inc, San Rafael, CA
Bob Gordon, MPH , LGBT Partnership, California LGBT Tobacco Education Partnership, San Francisco, CA
Issues: Many people are surprised to learn that in United States and in many other parts of the world tobacco products are sold in pharmacies. Selling tobacco in pharmacies also contradicts the “Pharmacist Code of Ethics,” a code which clearly states that pharmacists must promote the good of every patient. This presentation provides effective strategies, including initiating legislative actions, to eliminate tobacco sales in pharmacies. Description: Our research methods included (1) analyzing case studies in public health and pharmacy professional journals, (2) interviewing stake holders via telephone and e-mail, (3) passing and implementing resolutions on tobacco free pharmacies through national, state and local pharmacy associations, (4) engaging interdisciplinary groups such as county and state tobacco control organizations with pharmacist involvement and (5) examining the role of pharmacists in tobacco control through smoking cessation projects. Lessons Learned: Educating and mobilizing pharmacists to take leadership roles in local tobacco-free pharmacy campaigns was an important factor. In extracting key strategies from successful tobacco free pharmacy campaigns in San Francisco, Boston, Massachusetts, and Richmond, California, we found that creative events, street fair surveys, public hearings in city councils and other media advocacy strategies increased public awareness and positive support. Recommendations: creative media advocacy, combined with research including economic data from other communities that addresses fears of business losses, and mobilization of independent pharmacists and advocates from other health disciplines, resulted in successful local legislation for tobacco-free pharmacies.

Learning Areas:
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe 5 key strategies that were successfully implemented in three cities, to remove tobacco from pharmacies.

Keywords: Tobacco Control, Consumer Protection

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a Pharmacy and an MPH degree which I have used for over 40 years as an active consumer advocate and to promote public health. I started the "Great American Smoke Out" and then 22 years ago I started the "Take A New Year's Resolution to Stop Smoking" campaign. AS an active member of the Marin Smoking Cessation Coalition, I have assisted in getting smoke-free multi-unit housing policies and tobacco-free hospitals in Marin County.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.