Currently, there are 17 states with statutes or regulations addressing pharmacist prescribing of tobacco cessation aids (without a CPA).
In the map below, green states allow pharmacists to prescribe all FDA-approved tobacco cessation aids (including varenicline and bupropion), orange states allow pharmacists to prescribe all FDA-approved nicotine replacement products, and yellow states allow pharmacists to prescribe nicotine replacement products that are available over-the-counter.
Tobacco Cessation Prescribing Map
- Pharmacist-provided tobacco cessation services fact sheet
- Pharmacist prescribing tobacco cessation infographic
- Pharmacist prescriptive authority for smoking cessation medications in the United States
- Includes FAQs helpful for advocacy!
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- CMCS Bulletin on the Value of Pharmacist Prescribing
- ASTHO: Access to Tobacco Cessation Medication through Pharmacists
- Pharmacists Authorized to Prescribe Tobacco Cessation Therapy in More States
- Video: ‘We’re Passionate About It’: Pharmacists Help Coloradans Quit Smoking (CBS Denver; October 10, 2018)
CPE Opportunities from State Pharmacy Associations:
- Furnishing Nicotine Replacement Therapy: Smoking Cessation Training Program for Pharmacists (California)
- Tobacco Cessation Training Course (Pennsylvania)
- Tobacco Cessation Certificate: Pharmacists as Tobacco Cessation Counselors (Washington)
Other State Pharmacy Association Resources:
- Smoking Cessation Toolkit: Clinical Training Resources/ Continuing Education (Pennsylvania)
- Nicotine Cessation Counseling: Home Study Continuing Education (Nebraska)
- Nicotine Cessation Counseling Toolkit (Nebraska)
- Tobacco Cessation Change Package – Million Hearts has posted the Tobacco Cessation Change Package, a quality improvement tool created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that presents a list of process improvements that clinicians can implement as they seek to deliver optimal treatment to patients who use tobacco;and gives clinical teams a practical resource to increase the reach and effectiveness of tobacco cessation interventions and to incorporate these interventions into the clinical workflow.
- Pharmacists: Help Your Patients Quit Smoking – The CDC has compiled a plethora of resources to help pharmacists help patients to quit smoking.
- Smokefree.gov – This website offers a range of resources for patients and providers alike.
- Practice Guidance for Expanding Pharmacy-Based Tobacco Cessation Services Within the Appointment-Based Model – This practice resource, developed by APhA, outlines opportunities for pharmacists to leverage the appointment based model to provide and expand tobacco cessation services in community pharmacies.