Pharmacists front and centre for smoking cessation

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Pharmacists front and centre for smoking cessation

Akizumi Tominari
Akizumi Tominari, pharmacy owner of Cosmo Pharmacy in Christchurch, is happy to assist smokers to quit smoking with or without recompense

Pharmacists all around Aotearoa are starting to make use of millions of dollars in extra funding for smoking cessation, provided by the last year’s Community Pharmacy Services Agreement extension. Pharmacy Today reporter Nerine Zoio delves into the details of how the extra money is being spent in Canterbury and the Waikato, two of the most progressive areas in offering pharmacy smoking-cessation services.

When the Community Pharmacy Services Agreement was extended last year, the pharmacy sector received a funding injection of $4.1 million for new ser