Director's Corner

Smoking and Behavioral Health: Is there a national strategy?

April 09, 2015

  During a recent phone call, the leader of one of our partner organizations asked Catherine Saucedo and me if there exists a national strategy to reduce smoking rates within the behavioral health population. It was a great question, and the short answer was “not yet, but one...


Smoking Rates Continue to Decline

December 15, 2014

The CDC recently updated its statistics about current cigarette smoking among adults. In its MMWR article of November 28, 2014, it tracked changes in smoking between 2005 and 2013. In general, the trends of previous years continued. Here are some of the results: The proportion...

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CVS Leads: Will Other Pharmacies Follow?

September 24, 2013

CVS Caremark stunned the business community on February 5, 2014 when it announced that as of October 1, 2014 it would no longer sell tobacco products in its 7600 pharmacies. In explaining its decision to forgo up to $2 billion in annual revenue, CVS highlighted the growing...