Archive for February, 2014

Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek Diagnosed with COPD

February 10th, 2014 | Author: Fabiana Talbot

Leonard Nimoy, famously known for his role on Star Trek as Spock, announced last week that he has COPD.

“I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP,” Mr. Nimoy tweeted.  His announcement sparked a  conversation about COPD online with many asking, “but how do you have lung disease if you quit so long ago?”

It is so important to share with our loved ones that even if a smoker has quit, s/he can still develop COPD. Lung damage is irreversible and progressive (gets worse over time) and often goes undetected and undiagnosed until 50% of lung function has been lost.

12 million Americans have COPD and don’t know it.

That said, progression slows dramatically the earlier someone quits smoking. Tell your friends and family to quit today!

May Mr. Nimoy LLAP (live long and prosper) and continue to educate others to raise awareness about COPD.

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CVS Quits: Retailer Bans Cigarettes

February 5th, 2014 | Author: Fabiana Talbot

CVS/pharmacy announced today that it will remove cigarettes and all tobacco products from its shelves in all 76,000 stores nationwide starting October 1, 2014.  Executives believe the distribution of tobacco products is inconsistent with their mission to promote health.  CVS will be the first national pharmacy chain to ban cigarette sales.

“When we asked ourselves where we expect to be in the future as a healthcare company, it became clear that removing tobacco products from our stores was the right thing to do,” CVS President and CEO Larry Merlo said in the recorded statement below.

 

The response on social media has been astounding, making #CVSquits a trending topic today.  Many individuals online celebrate the policy change, while others argue it will not impact the rate of smoking, boosting sales at other outlets.

According to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 43.8 million people, or 19 percent of all adults, smoke cigarettes. Smoking remains the leading cause of COPD.  The COPD Foundation congratulates CVS for its commitment to health care and putting people before profits.

What do you think of the ban?  Do you think it will discourage smokers from lighting up, or prevent others from starting the habit?  Share with us below.