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Walgreens makes commitment to helping smokers quit

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday shared its commitment to helping smokers quit the habit altogether. "We believe that if the goal is to truly reduce tobacco use in America, then the most effective thing retail pharmacies can do is address the root causes and help smokers quit," Walgreens stated. 
 
With about 250,000 retail establishments selling tobacco products in America today, retail pharmacies comprise only 4% of overall tobacco sales, Walgreens noted. A retail pharmacy ban on tobacco sales would have little to no significant impact on actually reducing the use of tobacco.
 
"Our goal is to help get the U.S. smoking rate, which has leveled off at around 18% of the adult population for a decade, moving lower again," Walgreens stated. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that nearly 68% of adult smokers in America want to quit completely. And nearly 43% of smokers in 2010 stopped for more than one day because they were trying to quit.
 
"As the U.S. retail pharmacy leader and healthcare partner in offering smoking cessation programs, products and initiatives, Walgreens is well positioned and committed to offering consumers alternatives and solutions to help change behavior and quit smoking. We provide a convenient, seamless, one-stop, quit-smoking strategy that we believe can make the difference in successfully quitting for the nearly 68% of adult smokers in America who want to quit completely," the company added.
 
Walgreens' Balance Rewards for healthy choices program offers smoking cessation content and tools on Walgreens.com, individual support through the Walgreens online Pharmacy Chat and tools to enable participants to track their progress toward smoking cessation while earning Balance Rewards points. Balance Rewards for healthy choices is the first community pharmacy program that includes behavior change training based on noted psychologist Dr. B.J. Fogg’s Tiny Habits method, Walgreens noted. The training provides pharmacists and Walgreens online Pharmacy Chat agents with the knowledge and resources needed to provide wellness coaching.
 
Pharmacy Chat supports participants by helping them better understand the path to smoking cessation, including setting a quit date, optimally using over-the-counter and prescription medications and utilizing other tools and supports.
 
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J.Fisher says:
Sep-12-2014 10:05 am

Walgreens is missing the point. CVS did not remove Tobacco products only to try to drive down the occurance of Lung Cancer. CVS is telling the public they won't participate in prolonging this addictive and unhealthy behavior.

A.McKusick says:
Sep-05-2014 07:25 am

I think that Walgreen's greed has overtaken them. A 4% reduction in lung cancers and COPD would be lauded in most other circles.

B.Wolford says:
Sep-05-2014 03:51 am

Thank you

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Dr. Fresh introduces new Firefly Star Wars Ready Go Brush

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Debuting ahead of the 2015 release of the newest Star Wars film “Star Wars Episode VII,” is the new Firefly Star Wars Ready Go Brush for Dr. Fresh.

To help children develop healthy brushing habits, the toothbrush flashes successively green, yellow and red like a traffic light to get children to brush the dentist recommended time. For the first 30 seconds, the light flashes green for “go.”  Then, the light changes to yellow to signal to “continue” brushing.  When the red light comes on, the user can “stop” brushing.  The cycle is then repeated for the second row of teeth.

Star Wars characters are featured on the toothbrush handle, available in both Yoda and Darth Vader. The toothbrush also features a suction cup on the bottom of the brush to hold it firmly upright, keeping the bristles clean, dry and out of contact with moisture and germs on the sink.

The new Firefly Star Wars Ready Go Brush has a suggested retail price of $3.49 and is available at such retailers as Wal-Mart, Five Below, Kroger, Shopko and Wakefern.
 

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group set to acquire Davis Beverage Group, Davis Bottling Co.

BY Vivian Gomez

PLANO, Texas — Dr Pepper Snapple Group has signed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire the business assets of Davis Beverage Group and Davis Bottling Co.

If completed, the acquisition would include most of Davis’ direct store delivery territory in Pennsylvania and a portion of its New Jersey territory, as well as its production and distribution facilities, delivery vehicles, vending equipment and other assets.

Based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Davis Beverage Group distributes a wide range of DPS’s brands — including 7UP, Snapple, A&W, Canada Dry and Sunkist — to a 42-county territory covering most of the eastern half of Pennsylvania, excluding the Philadelphia area, and Western and Central New Jersey. Davis also carries a number of other non-carbonated products, including several third-party brands that already have significant distribution agreements with DPS: Bai5, FIJI, Vita Coco and Neuro.

In addition to bottling carbonated soft drinks in a wide range of PET package sizes, Davis Bottling Co. currently produces IBC, Stewarts and Crush in glass bottles and Orangina in 1.75 liter PET for DPS on a contract basis.

Larry Young, president and CEO of DPS, said the proposed acquisition would build on the company’s efforts to strengthen its route to market, improve operating efficiency and leverage its integrated business model.

“Davis has proudly served customers and consumers for more than 70 years and been a great partner to us both as a distributor of our brands and as a contract manufacturer,” said Young. “We’re excited about the possibility of building on their great heritage while nearly doubling our direct store delivery footprint in Pennsylvania and adding their glass bottling capabilities.”

DPS and Davis have begun due diligence and hope to complete the sale in the fourth quarter of this year. The financial terms of the transaction will not be disclosed; however, any final agreement will not have a material impact to DPS’s financial statements.

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