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it’s the year of quitters and losers! #healthyourself
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Because I vividly remember my Uncle Jack dying from emphysema, it meant a lot to me when CVS/Pharmacy stores announced, earlier this year, they were no longer selling tobacco.
That was a huge business decision, and I hope it will encourage consumers to make a huge personal decision — to stop smoking. And to make it easier to kick the habit, MinuteClinic — the medical clinic in CVS/Pharmacy stores — is offering vital support through its medically-based Start to Stop® smoking cessation program.
I wish it had been around when my uncle needed it.
Uncle Jack started smoking when he was in college and he began to have trouble breathing at the age of 70. He didn’t try to stop smoking until he was really ill and literally couldn’t breathe. By then, of course, it was too late.
He was 75 when he passed away and he smoked pretty much up to his last year. “He then became the biggest advocate against smoking,” my mom says. “I guess he finally accepted the fact that smoking was what was killing him.”
I know how hard it was for me to watch my uncle suffer and I can’t imagine how painful it was for my mother, who had also started smoking around the age of 18. The difference was that she gave it up at 22.
“My father smoked cigars, Uncle Jack and Uncle Bernie [her brother-in-law] smoked cigarettes and it was all very social,” she remembers. “I would take one and totally enjoy the relaxation it afforded me.”
At the time, my mom worked in a large office where almost everyone smoked. For four years, she guesses, she smoked a pack of cigarettes a day. Her fingers were turning yellow and her boss, a woman who didn’t smoke, would comment that she always smelled of smoke.
According to my mom, “In March of 1952, my father died of lung cancer and shortly after, I got the flu. I didn’t smoke for about a week. When I took a puff of that first stale cigarette, I put it down and decided it was time to stop. I never smoked again.”
I’m grateful that my mom made that difficult, probably life-saving decision to quit smoking and I’m grateful that MinuteClinic is making it easier for more people to do the same.
So many people have made New Year’s resolutions to be healthier, and MinuteClinic is more prepared than ever to help you achieve those goals. With their new “CVS Health” company name and the removal of tobacco from CVS/Pharmacy stores, they’ve truly become a trusted wellness resource.
MinuteClinic also offers a medically-supervised weight loss program in partnership with the DASH diet, the #1 ranked overall diet by U.S. World News & Report four years running, if you need to lose weight this year.
For those interested in beauty, make an appointment for MinuteClinic’s eyelash-lengthening consultation. They have a great program which will finally help you achieve those long lashes you’ve always coveted.
If you haven’t chosen a word for the year yet, you may want to consider #healthyourself. When it comes down to it, really, what better goal could there be for 2015?