Kroger Health announced recently a new service aimed at helping tobacco users in Idaho and Indiana to successfully quit for good. As of Feb. 3, pharmacists across Idaho and Indiana in Kroger, Fred Meyer and Smith’s locations will prescribe and supply tobacco cessation products to be used in combination with lifestyle resources and behavioral support.

More tobacco users are attempting to quit or expressing a desire to quit today than in recent history. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 68% of adult smokers want to quit smoking and 55.4% of daily cigarette smokers reported stopping for more than one day in an attempt to permanently quit smoking. This service combines both behavioral counseling and medications, which according to the CDC is more effective in stopping tobacco use than using either one alone.

Cindy Larson is a longtime Fort Wayne journalist and is a Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly reporter. To submit items, send email to or call 260-426-2640, Ext. 3369.

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