Smoking Cessation Study

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 3.11.04 PMHi and thank you for visiting our Smoking Cessation Poster during the WSPA Northwest Pharmacy Convention. We wanted to continue the conversation with a behind-the-scenes look at what brought this poster project about.


See The Poster Here

1.  What was the challenge?
To improve smoking cessation rates by targeting patients who are in a setting with a “teachable moments” who may be more vulnerable to an intervention than the general population

2.  What are we doing about this challenge?
Developing a tobacco cessation program aligned with clinical practice guidelines and establishing a novel referral source to increase patient access in the community setting

3.   What is the expected outcome?
We expect to increase the rate of successful quit attempts by targeting patients with teachable moments


• Surgery is a big deal! If you’re choosing to undergo surgery you’ve likely just taken a huge step in improving your health.

• In addition to surgery, smokers have to worry about postoperative complications like blood clots, poor wound healing, pulmonary complications, and that’s in addition to the things they are already worried about like COPD, heart disease, and the big one, cancer.

• So at what point in your life are you more vulnerable than in the perioperative setting? When you’re considering the possibility of any one of these things happening?

• As the pharmacy resident here at Kelly Ross Pharmacy Group I’ve been given the opportunity to find these teachable moments where we as health care providers can make a lasting and impressionable impact on a patient’s life. And that’s what we have tried to do with our tobacco cessation program.

• The most successful tobacco cessation interventions come when you blend counseling with medications. And who better to do this than a pharmacist? Not only are we trained as the drug experts but we have the compassion and empathy necessary to forge and sustain long-lasting relationships with our patients.

• And this is why we will be successful. Maybe we get 5, 10, 50, or even 100 people to stop smoking. But what if we save a life? That’s what’s really important and that’s why we do it and I know that’s why I became a pharmacist

Did you know?

  • Cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States. This is nearly one in five deaths1

  • Smoking causes more deaths each year than the following causes combined:2

    • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
    • Illegal drug use
    • Alcohol use
    • Motor vehicle injuries
    • Firearm-related incidents

  • More than 10 times as many U.S. citizens have died prematurely from cigarette smoking than have died in all the wars fought by the United States during its history1

Kelley-Ross is an independently owned corporation operating 4 pharmacies in Seattle. Kelley-Ross provides a wide range of pharmacy services, including prescription dispensing, compounding, medi-set packaging, compliance packaging, long-term care facility services, consultant pharmacist services, immunizations and a variety of health screenings.

We provide Clinical Community Care. This means that our staff combines expert medication therapy management and clinical skills, with caring, patient centered pharmacy services. By using the triad approach – patient, provider and pharmacist – we can help patients maximize their healthcare resources while achieving optimal health outcomes.

Our high service level and commitment to problem solving has made Kelley-Ross the pharmacy of choice for patients and providers across the Northwest.