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Freedom Laser Therapy Praises CVS Caremark for Their Leadership Decision to Ban Tobacco Sales

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 06, 2014

USA Today reported yesterday: CVS’s bold business move to no longer sell tobacco products will cost the company about $ 2 billion a year or about 3% of their $ 123 billion overall sales. CVS Caremark operates more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy in addition to more than 800 Minute Clinics, which are medical clinics within the pharmacy locations.

“Craig Nabat, former smoker, and founder of Los Angeles based Freedom Laser Therapy sees CVS as a market leader with their 7,600 stores, and this is a trailblazing decision to discontinue selling cigarettes. CVS’s action will surely decrease smoking rates and be monumental in the fight against nicotine addiction, as the availability of tobacco becomes less accessible for smokers. It has been public knowledge for years that tobacco companies have paid retailers and convenience stores substantial product placement fees to position cigarettes and eye-catching tobacco advertisements in close proximity to cash registers. Making cigarettes and smokeless tobacco even slightly less accessible to smokers can have a measurable effect on smoking rates. Furthermore, CVS’s new stance and health-based business strategy may prompt other drug store chains like Walgreens and Rite Aid to follow their lead and halt selling tobacco products in the near future, since pharmacies are also located in all their stores.”

Yesterday USA Today reported: President Obama — a former smoker — hailed the announcement, saying in a statement Wednesday: “As one of the largest retailers and pharmacies in America, CVS Caremark sets a powerful example, and today’s decision will help advance my administration’s efforts to reduce tobacco-related deaths, cancer and heart disease, as well as bring down health care costs — ultimately saving lives and protecting untold numbers of families from pain and heartbreak for years to come.”

A Surgeon General report on smoking last month estimated that tobacco kills 480,000 Americans a year, for a total of 20 million Americans in the past 50 years. In addition, 5.6 million children will die of smoking-related illness unless the country takes immediate action.

On February 5th, the CVS ranks first in overall sales and pharmacy sales among the nation’s drugstores, according to analysts; Walgreens is the largest in the number of stores.

Craig Nabat is thrilled about CVS’s plans to ban the sale of tobacco. He may also be considered extreme in his approach at helping smokers break their addiction; Craig urges all his clients who come into his Freedom nicotine addiction clinic to permanently quit using nicotine, rather than switching to electronic cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes are not sold at CVS stores; these products deliver nicotine without tobacco and emit a rapidly vanishing vapor. “Electronic cigarettes may never be sold at CVS stores since their company’s mission is now headed towards only carrying products that promote health. The electronic cigarette industry is presently waiting to learn if the Food and Drug Administration will regulate E-Cigarettes in the same manner they govern tobacco products. The loosely regulated electronic cigarette products are nicotine delivery devices, thereby allowing the smoker to have the freedom to smoke almost anywhere.”

Craig Nabat, President of Freedom Laser Therapy, says, “Our reps are gearing up to approach the nation’s leading drug stores chains to carry the Freedom Quit Smoking System – America’s nicotine free and natural way to quit. CVS will now have the shelf space available specifically where Freedom’s Quit Smoking Product will be placed!”

Corporation Information:

Freedom Laser Therapy established in April 2003 has treated 10,000+ smokers for nicotine addiction. After a decade of research and clinical experience of helping smokers quit, Founder Craig Nabat invented the new Freedom Quit Smoking System, a 10-day nicotine free and all natural at home program developed to free smokers from the addictive grip of nicotine.

Freedom Laser Therapy is presently testing a nationwide direct response television commercial to place their “As Seen on TV” product, the new Freedom Quit Smoking System in 30,000 retail outlets such as CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Target, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Kmart, Walmart, and specific Bed Bath Beyond Stores. The short form infomercial DRTV campaign and retail rollout will be conducted over a six to nine month time period. A nationwide leading rep firm has been secured to assist with domestic retail placement for the Freedom Quit Smoking System.

Study Reveals That e-Cigarettes Present Increased Toxin Levels When Compared To Traditional Tobacco Smoke, Parker Waichman LLP Notes

Port Washington, New York (PRWEB) May 21, 2014

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm long dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective and dangerous products, notes that a new study, conducted by the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, reveals that e-cigarettes may expose users to increased levels, even higher than traditional tobacco, of very dangerous toxins, according to a Buffalo News report dated May 19, 2014.

The study appears in the peer-reviewed journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research’s May 2014 issue, and revealed that, while e-cigarettes that are operated at lower voltage levels generate trace levels of some toxins, when the voltage is increased the levels of those toxins were increased significantly.

Maciej Goniewicz, a researcher in the Department of Health Behavior said, “These results suggest that some types of electronic cigarettes might expose their users to the same or even higher levels of carcinogenic formaldehyde than tobacco smoke. Users of high-voltage e-cigarettes need to be warned about this increased risk of harmful effects,” according to the Buffalo News report.

Some e-cigarette devices are constructed with various elements, including the ability to change the device’s voltage level so that the user is able to choose to increase or decrease vapor production and nicotine delivery. The research reviewed the chemicals present in these e-cigarette vapors when different voltages are used. When operated at the increased voltages, the e-cigarette’s vapors included significant and dangerous levels of the carcinogenic chemical, formaldehyde; the potential carcinogen, acetaldehyde; and the nasal and lung tissue irritants, acrolein and acetone, according to the Buffalo News.

The research endeavored to understand which e-cigarette product elements, including nicotine solvent and battery output voltage impacted the carbonyl levels in the product’s vapors, and the effects of these on health. The research revealed that the most commonly used e-cigarette nicotine solvents are glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG). When exposed to high temperatures, both VG and PG decompose, which creates lowered molecular carbonyl compounds, including carcinogens and potential carcinogens, according to Nicotine and Tobacco Research. The researchers concluded that the vapors released by e-cigarettes contain toxic and carcinogenic carbonyl compounds; that solvent and battery output voltage significantly affects carbonyl compounds levels in the vapors; and that high-voltage e-cigarettes may expose users to high carbonyl compound levels.

Goniewicz recommended more research to specifically study other e-cigarette product characteristics that may also impact the toxicity of e-cigarettes, such as heating elements, flavorings, and additives, the Buffalo News report indicated.

“The use of e-cigarettes is continuing to increase and, with advertising touting the devices as safe and as a safe alternative to traditional smoking, these devices are often used in public areas, exposing non-smokers to what may be dangerous vapors,” said Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP. “More and more research is pointing to the hazards associated with those who use e-cigarettes as well as those who are exposed to e-cigarettes.”

Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free lawsuit consultations to victims of e-cigarette injuries. If you or a loved one experienced complications or injuries following use of or exposure to e-cigarette vapors or other ingredients, please visit the firm’s e-cigarette page. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1-800-LAW-INFO.

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New Study Reveals No Drop in Use of Smokeless Tobacco for U.S. Workers Journeyworks Publishing Offers Materials for Workplace Wellness Efforts

Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) June 30, 2014

According to a by the US. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. workers are continuing, and slightly increasing, their use of smokeless tobacco products. Smokeless tobacco (snuff and chew tobacco) are known to cause oral, esophageal and pancreatic cancer. The study did not include other smokeless tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes and candy-flavored dissolvable tobacco, therefore the usage numbers may actually be underestimated.

Spit, Snuff, Dirt, Chew; by any name, smokeless tobacco is bad for your health. The Centers for Disease Control has challenged employers to step up efforts to reduce smokeless tobacco use at worksites.

Professionals charged with improving workplace wellness will love the easy-to-read, friendly brochures available from Journeyworks Publishing. With a great selection of pamphlets on the health consequences of spit tobacco, and how to quit it, health educators can find the right tools to help workers succeed in abstaining and quitting smokeless tobacco.

Click here to request a Journeyworks Publishing Quit Spit Tobacco Review Pack. Titles included in this complimentary review pack: “How to Quit Spit Tobacco”; “The Health Consequences of Spit Tobacco”; “50 Things You Should Know About Smokeless Tobacco”; “How Tobacco Affects Your Teeth, Gums and Mouth” and “Smokeless Tobacco: Spit it Out.”

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Leave Tobacco Behind And Learn How To Live Healthier

Don’t let yourself get fooled into believing that it is just too hard to quit smoking. Many people finally give up and decide that there is just no hope for them. If you find something, anything, in this article to help you, then you should keep trying. You can’t succeed if you don’t try.

Deal with nicotine withdrawal. Once you quit smoking, nicotine withdrawal can make you anxious, frustrated, or depressed. It’s all too easy to revert to your old habit. Nicotine replacement therapy can really help to relieve these symptoms. Whether it’s in the form of gum, a patch, or a lozenge, using one of these will probably double your chances of succeeding.

If you’re trying to quit smoking, stopping “cold turkey” is a bad idea. Quitting without a means of support for nicotine withdrawal is an uphill battle. Because nicotine is addictive, it’s very easy to relapse without some form of support when quitting. It’s best to use smoking cessation medicine, or some type of therapy when you’re ready to quit.

Replace your pack of cigarettes with an electronic cigarette. Many former smokers have found success with these devices, which work by vaporizing a liquid that contains nicotine. When the user exhales, the cloud looks just like smoke, but it’s actually vapor. Using one of these devices can make it much easier to quit smoking, since it simulates the act so effectively.

Try to create a list of reasons why you are quitting. Keep it handy. This list will serve as a reminder of all the things that you are getting by quitting in the long run. Every time you feel the urge to smoke, try to take a good long look at your list and it will help you stick to your plan.

If you find it too daunting to quit smoking cold-turkey, consider helping the process along by trying replacements like nicotine patches or gum. These over-the-counter medications supply your body with nicotine while you work to break the habit, which can help you stave off the worst of the physical withdrawal symptoms.

There is no situation so hopeless that you can’t find a way to beat it. Smoking can be one really tricky habit to break, but if you keep at it, persist in looking, researching and trying you will finally find your own solution. This article has tried to show you many different options available to you.

Get Yourself Free Of The Tobacco Gremlins!

Quitting smoking is very difficult for many people, especially if they lack the information and support that are necessary to be successful. This article has information potential quitters need to know, as well as specific steps they need to take to quit smoking. If they use this advice, it will enhance their chance of success.

Hypnosis might be something you should try if you desire to quit smoking. A licensed hypnotist will provide you with tools which can’t be found elsewhere. The hypnotist will induce a deep trance, and then repeat positive affirmations that will lodge themselves in your mind. After the trance is broken, you may find that cigarettes hold little appeal, which puts you even closer to your goal of quitting.

Stop smoking once and for all by replacing those moments that you enjoy a cigarette with physical exercise. Not only will it be a distraction to you, but you will also benefit in a huge way by developing a healthier and more attractive body. It may be hard at first due to the effects of nicotine in your system, but start small, with a walk around the block.

Start exercising. Not only will it help you get into shape, it can help you stay busy and avoid cigarettes. Exercising is a great stress reliever as well. A lack of an exercise routine in your life means taking your time and beginning with short measured increments of activity. Ask your doctor in advance of beginning any exercise routine.

If you want to quit smoking, you need to identify factors that will motivate you to stop. Preventing lung cancer, tooth decay, gum disease and emphysema, or protecting your family are strong motivators. Showing respect for your body and for the gift of life is also a powerful motivating force. Whatever reason you choose, it needs to be enough to prevent you from lighting up again in the future.

When quitting smoking, you must learn to manage your stress. Once smoking is no longer an option, turn to healthier outlets such as massage therapy, long walks in your favorite park, listening to relaxing music, or meditation. Find something you can do that provides near-instant gratification so that you’ll be less tempted to turn to smoking when things get tough.

As already mentioned, giving up cigarettes is very hard. Learning to stop smoking can be very confusing and daunting for many people. With the right information, the chance of successfully quitting is greatly increased. By following the steps outlined in this article, a person can learn the information they need to quit smoking.

The Supreme Court Has, Again, Denied A Review of Petitions That Seek to Challenge Individual Damages Verdicts in Tobacco Lawsuits, Parker Waichman Comments

Port Washington, New York (PRWEB) June 12, 2014

National law firm Parker Waichman comments on a Supreme Court denial of 10 recently brought petitions that sought to challenge tobacco damages verdicts. The 10 petitions totaled more than $ 64 million and represent part of an ongoing legal fight that continues between Florida smokers, or their heirs, and major tobacco manufacturers. This is the eighth time in seven years that the High Court has issued such a denial, according to a June 6, 2014 ScotusBlog report.

The 10 petitions were denied without comment or noted dissents (Order List: 573 U. S.; Monday, June 9, 2014):

    13-1180: Philip Morris USA v. Barbanell, Leon
    13-1185: Lorillard Tobacco Company v. Mrozek, Michelle
    13-1186: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company v. Mack, Peter
    13-1188: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company v. Kirkland, Leroy E.
    13-1189: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company v. Koballa, Stella
    13-1190: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company v. Smith, Vernell
    13-1191: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company v. Townsend, Lyantie
    13-1192: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Et Al. v. Sury, Robert
    13-1187: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company v. Brown, Jimmie L.
    13-1193: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company v. Walker, Alvin, et al.

These cases are part of what is considered the third round in Florida’s “Engle litigation,” which was originally filed in 1994 (Case No.: SC03-1856; Florida Supreme Court). The litigation now involves thousands of individual lawsuits brought against cigarette companies; individually, the lawsuits are believed to be easier to win due to the way in which the Court originally devised the plan regarding how the cases would be tried, the ScotusBlog report indicates. The 1994 Engle case involved six individuals and eight claims of injustices allegedly conducted by tobacco firms against smokers. Allegations ranged from fraud claims to claims that cigarettes are inherently dangerous due to their flawed designs.

“We are happy to see that the High Court continues to let stand the original verdicts in the ongoing Engle litigation,” said Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP. “These ongoing denials should send a strong message to the tobacco industry that the verdicts reached are appropriate and require no further review.”

Engle was originally filed as a nationwide class action on behalf of smokers who either suffered from, or died from, a smoking-related disease. The litigation was reduced to cover a class in Florida and was further reduced so as not to be a class action at all. Engle was ultimately broadened into the thousands of individual trials it represents today—the so-called “third round,” according to the ScotusBlog report. Notably, in the first case, the Florida courts created a legal plan under which the original case would be the one in which findings of fact and findings of legal liability would be developed for all smokers and all types of cigarettes. This plan would become binding in later cases. The second round was meant to decide questions of liability for three of the class’s representatives, as well as a question of punitive damages for the class entire.

Meanwhile, the original Engle jury awarded the class $ 145 in punitive damages; the award and class designation were both set aside by Florida’s Supreme Court. When the individual cases began to be tried in the third round, the original jury’s findings were binding. Following the state Supreme Court’s 2006 decision, over 9,000 individual claims were brought and, over the following seven years, the tobacco industry has sought to have the High Court both review the original Engle decision and Engle’s “progeny” lawsuits that followed, according to ScotusBlog. The Court continually denies these requests, including in the recent 10 petitions, which were all filed on March 28 and which all raised basic questions about constitutional due process violations.

The attorneys agreed that two cases should be presented for court review and suggested that the Court grant one or both: R.J Reynolds Tobacco Co. vs. Brown and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. vs. Walker, docket number 13-1187 in the District Court of Appeal in Florida, Fourth District and involving $ 600,000 award and docket number 13-1193 in the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit and involving $ 27,500 and $ 7676 verdicts. The other attorneys agreed that their cases would remain pending until a decision was made on the two lead cases, ScotusBlog reported. The verdicts in the pending cases were significantly larger and ranged from $ 5.5 million in compensatory and $ 20 million in punitive damages for a total of $ 13.4 million and $ 51.6 million, respectively. The winners in the 10 cases opted against answering the tobacco makers’ petitions; however, the Supreme Court sought a response on each. Following examination of all of the cases, the Court denied them in what ScotusBlog described as a “series of one-line orders.”

Parker Waichman LLP is a leading personal injury law firm that represents plaintiffs nationwide. The firm has offices in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Washington, D.C. For more than two decades, Parker Waichman LLP has assisted thousands of clients in receiving fair compensation for injuries resulting from defective drugs, medical devices and other products. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).

Holon Solutions Announces that the State of Texas is Using Its Health Information Exchange (HIE) Technology to Help More Smokers Kick the Tobacco Habit

Alpharetta, GA and Austin, TX (PRWEB) August 13, 2014

Holon Solutions today announces that its innovative health information technology is now being used to help thousands more Texans get assistance in quitting smoking and other tobacco products.

Using the CollaborNet™ Health Information Exchange (HIE) system from Holon, physicians can electronically refer their patients who want to kick the habit to the Texas Tobacco Quitline. The Quitline is a free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week service that offers the option of phone counseling sessions or a classroom-based cessation program, plus two weeks of complimentary nicotine replacement therapy.

Studies show that patients are 30 times more likely to enroll in tobacco cessation counseling programs if clinicians refer them than if they receive information about services on their own.

Initial Pilot Delivers Success

Under an initial pilot at several Austin healthcare facilities, the State of Texas implemented an electronic protocol that made it easier for physicians to refer their patients to the Texas Tobacco Quitline. As a result, clinical referrals increased in the first year from 7 paper-based referrals to 1,254 electronic referrals by the second year.

Currently, the Holon HIE solution is being used for electronic referrals to the Quitline tobacco cessation program at two rural hospitals: Wilbarger General Hospital, a 47-bed facility in Vernon, Texas, and Clay County Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed facility in Henrietta, Texas. The pilot also includes physicians in each community participating with the hospitals. Both healthcare organizations are members of the Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals (TORCH).

CollaborNet HIE Key to Increased Referrals

“The e-tobacco protocol implemented with Holon’s HIE solution provides the opportunity for physicians and other clinicians to refer patients to tobacco cessation resources with one click,” said Shelly Summers-Karn, Director of the Texas Tobacco Education, Cessation and Community Coalition Program based at the University of Texas-Austin. “The electronic process makes the referral process so much easier, more efficient and more effective than the paper-based process.”

The Texas tobacco cessation program hopes to expand the footprint of the electronic referral program using the Holon HIE system to many more healthcare facilities at a reduced cost. The CollaborNet HIE system will also eliminate the need to implement costly and time-consuming interfaces between Quitline and the hundreds of electronic medical record systems used by providers across the state.

Collaboration Improves Patient Participation and Enables Cessation

“We’re thrilled to be a partner in the State of Texas’ effort to improve overall public health by giving more Texans access to programs that have proven to help them quit smoking,” said Holon CEO Mike McGuire. “I believe we could duplicate the successful Texas model in every state trying to help more Americans stop using tobacco products.”

More than 24,000 Texans die every year from heart disease, cancer and other illnesses whereby smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke were causes or contributing factors, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Studies show that rural residents are far more likely to smoke cigarettes and chew tobacco than people who live in urban areas. The Texas Quitline, first offered in 2001, serves about 10,000 people per year. People who are ready to quit may seek assistance and advice by calling the Texas Quitline at 1-877-YESQUIT or visiting Quitline services are available in English and Spanish.

The innovative electronic referral process is the focus of a recent webinar hosted by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) and presented by Ms. Summers-Karn of the University of Texas and Holon. View this and other on-demand webinars at


TORCH ( is an organization comprised of rural and community hospitals, corporations, and interested individuals working together to address the special needs and issues of rural and community hospitals, staff, patients, and communities they serve. TORCH’s mission is to be the voice and principal advocate for rural and community hospitals in Texas, and to provide leadership in addressing the special needs and issues of these hospitals.


Holon’s CollaborNet™ health information exchange (HIE) solutions help hospitals, health systems and rural providers facilitate a collaborative care environment by providing access to information at the point of care – without forcing anyone on the care team to change current systems or processes. For more information, visit, call 678-324-2060 or connect with Holon on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Youtube.

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