ANA Launches New Resources to Help Nurses Quit Smoking (4/17/15)

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April 17, 2015

Adam Sachs, 301-628-5034
Jemarion Jones, 301-628-5198

ANA Launches New Resources to Help Nurses Quit Smoking
New Tobacco Cessation Position Statement Advocates Participation of Pharmacies

SILVER SPRING, MD –The American Nurses Association (ANA) is encouraging registered nurses (RNs) to live tobacco-free lifestyles with the assistance of new resources designed to help nurses serve as health and wellness role models for patients, families and communities.

"Nurses provide high quality health care to patients, but may neglect their own self-care," said ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. "While many nurses have heeded the warnings and quit smoking, some continue this unhealthy habit. Nurses know the dire consequences of smoking, which is why smoking cessation is so critical. We want all nurses to be tobacco free."

The resources, part of ANA's HealthyNurse™ initiative, include a new tobacco cessation website and a new tobacco cessation position statement. The website offers resources to help nurses quit using tobacco and guidance to help patients stop using tobacco products, including information on acquiring better habits, overcoming addiction and finding support services.

The position statement, Promoting Tobacco Cessation in Pharmacies, is targeted to RNs, advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and health care professionals employed in pharmacies. ANA believes pharmacies and drug stores must be invested in promoting public health. Consequently, ANA recommends all pharmacies and drug store retailers follow the lead of CVS Health in ending the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in their retail pharmacies.

"At CVS Health, we believe our combined efforts of eliminating the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products from CVS/pharmacy, and a devoted smoking cessation program through MinuteClinic and CVS/pharmacy, will help smokers wishing to become tobacco free on their path to better health," said Angela Patterson MS, FNP-BC, chief nurse practitioner officer, MinuteClinic, the retail medical clinic of CVS Health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 18 percent of U.S. adults smoke cigarettes. Additionally, the CDC reports tobacco use in the U.S. is the largest cause of preventable death. ANA believes tobacco cessation is the single most important action individuals can take for their health.

To learn more about ANA's tobacco cessation initiative, visit the HealthyNurse™ tobacco cessation website.

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