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The 17th annual "Take a New Year's Resolution to Stop Smoking" campaign spearheaded by the Pharmacists Planning Service, a non-profit public health consumer pharmacist organization, is set from Saturday, November 29, through February 9, 2004, according to Frederick Mayer, President of PPSI.

Dubbed "TANYRTSS" (Take a New Year's Resolution to Stop Smoking), the annual event will include a wide range of activities.

PPSI's Pharmacy Council on Tobacco Dependence campaign designed for children, called "I'll Eat My Veggies If You Quit Smoking," is set from January through April, 2004.

A new California "Quit Line" is designed for additional assistance at 1-800-NO-BUTTS where individuals can call for information and education on smoking cessation.

There are three new California laws which have been signed regarding second hand smoke which can cause low birth rate, prenatal deaths, Sudden Death Syndrome, behavior problems, and hyperactivity with children of women who smoke.

Second hand smoke when exhaled has over 4000 different chemicals which have been identified with at least 43 of them which can cause cancer.

PPSI has also sent a petition to the FDA to change Nicotrol Oral Inhaler, now a prescription item, to a third class of drugs sold only by pharmacists under a physicians supervision.

Vareniciline, a new smoking cessation product developed by Pfizer, will be released in 2004. This new drug attempts to shorten the road to quitting by targeting the specific mechanisms in the brain involved in nicotine addiction.

To obtain free brochures, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope (37 cents) to Pharmacy Council on Tobacco Dependence (PCTD), PO Box 6760, San Rafael, CA 94903-0760.

Information may also be obtained by contacting Health and Human Services/AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse by mail at PO Box 8547, Silver Spring, MD 20907-8547, or by email at info@ahrw.gov. You may also download flyers from their website at http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/tobacco/index.html. They can also be reached by phone toll free at 1-800-358-9295.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting us (PPSI) by email at ppsi@aol.com



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