'We're passionate about it': Pharmacists help Coloradans quit smoking

Under a new law, pharmacists in Colorado can now prescribe medications to help people stop smoking. To qualify, they must have their doctorate or at least 5 years of experience and complete additional training.

Under a new law, pharmacists in Colorado can now prescribe medications to help people stop smoking. To qualify, they must have their doctorate or at least 5 years of experience and complete additional training. "Being able to provide an extra way for people to access what they need to help quit is amazing," said Emily Zadvorny, clinical associate professor for the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and the executive director of the Colorado Pharmacists Society. She said the pharmacy also allows for more flexibility because locations are open in the evenings and on weekends and holidays. "It really has the most impact in the rural communities where they don't necessarily have as many primary care providers that are available," said Dan Scales, a pharmacist and owner of Scales' Pharmacy in Denver. He added that people might be reluctant to go to their own doctor, but most patients have a good relationship with their pharmacy because they deal with them regularly.