CVS Health Foundation and American Academy of Pediatrics to improve counseling on tobacco and exposure to secondhand smoke

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Jul-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The CVS Health Foundation today announced a new grant to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help improve counseling by all pediatric health care providers around tobacco and exposure to secondhand smoke. The program will provide clinicians with the messages, tools and counseling protocols needed to screen for secondhand smoke exposure and better prepare them to speak with parents and families about the importance of reducing tobacco use.

While the rate of smoking among adults and youth are at all-time lows in the U.S., the ultimate goal of controlling tobacco consumption as the biggest preventable cause of disease and death requires incremental progress on many fronts, including preventing exposure to secondhand smoke, especially among children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 41 percent of children ages 3 to 11 are exposed to second hand smoke, which even at brief levels can be harmful to a person’s health.

Pursuing a further reduction in tobacco use and nicotine addiction among young people and increasing access to smoke-free environments continues to be a priority for many Americans, as evidenced by the results of a new CVS Health/Morning Consult poll. According to the national survey of 2,001 U.S. registered voters, 86 percent feel it’s important to reduce youth smoking rates. Thirty-seven percent of all respondents say they are so concerned with exposure to secondhand smoke they exclusively seek out smoke-free locations when they leave their homes.

“With an alarming number of children still being exposed to secondhand smoke every day, working with the American Academy of Pediatrics to help educate physicians and parents and help curb exposure is an important step in our efforts to help deliver the first tobacco-free generation,” said Eileen Howard Boone, president of the CVS Health Foundation. “We’re honored to be working with this respected organization that has demonstrated success in helping to increase education and awareness around the dangers of secondhand smoke.”

To help address these alarming trends and reduce the prevalence of secondhand smoke exposure, the AAP will hold two in-person training sessions in 2016 for pediatricians and other child health clinicians, who act as the primary source of medical information for parents. A $110,000 grant from the CVS Health Foundation to AAP will cover the costs of the meetings, which will feature content produced by the AAP.

Each session will help health care professionals implement proven, easy-to-use ways to better counsel parents on the importance of quitting smoking and the use of other tobacco products and how to ensure all places where children spend time are smoke-and tobacco-free. In addition to access to in-person training sessions, participants will also be provided with easy-to-use tools, such as online resources and other content.

“Most parents who smoke know that secondhand smoke is harmful to children and other nonsmokers,” said Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP, CEO/Executive Director of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “The American Academy of Pediatrics is committed to equipping pediatricians with the tools they need to educate parents and help families reduce children’s exposure to second hand smoke across the country. This grant through the CVS Health Foundation will help us bring our evidence-based guidance to more physicians in high-impact training sessions.”

The grant to the AAP is part of Be The First, CVS Health’s $50 million, five-year initiative to help deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation. The initiative, announced in March 2016, includes education, tobacco-control advocacy and healthy behavior programming.

About the American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 66,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical sub specialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The AAP.

For more information, visit and and follow us on Twitter @AmerAcadPeds. For more information on our Julius B. Richmond center which is committed to protecting children from tobacco and secondhand smoke, visit

About CVS Health

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at


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The First Legal Buds Offered By International Oddities


International Oddities, an influential player in the tobacco, cigarette, cigar and smoking industries, has created and initiated the legal buds industry. While many of its competitors are still struggling to develop comparable products, the company has dozens of herbal legal buds products on the market. Because of the increasing pressure to make tobacco illegal worldwide, countries such as Amsterdam have utilized the nicotine & tobacco-free herbal smoke options available.

Whether someone purchases from a large smoke shop chain or from the company itself, customers can expect a superior quality smoking experience. Legal buds are purchased with a vacuum-packed can that makes the product remain fresh for longer than usual smoke shop products. With a peek-a-bud window in their “Freshpack Rolling Kit”, customers can see the bud they can purchase beforehand. Also, with a retracting rolling tray and built-in rolling papers, the customer can smoke almost immediately and anywhere they want after purchasing. This convenience makes International Oddities popular with savvy style-conscious customers.

International Oddities is also popular with smokers and non-smokers alike. Because of their herbal tobacco alternatives, many individuals are attracted to the products due to the availability to smoke in peace with no legal hassles involved. Many individuals ask, “Do legal buds get you high?” The answer is twofold. While these products will provide a calming and relaxing effect, no marijuana is found in these herbal smokes products so legal marijuana would not be a coined phrase.

While intriguing to smokers of all ages, retail shop markets find these products even more appealing. Because of their high quality impression on new and old customers alike, this keeps business flowing for these shops with repeat customers and sales occurring daily. Many stores name IO’s products as the only good herbal smoke products to sell in their stores.

Creating herbal smoke products decades before any other smoke company, International Oddities is a leading retailer for herbal smoke options whether in stores or on the Web. Even Hollywood has caught up with the trend of these smoking products. Interestingly enough, Seth Rogan was seen smoking an International Oddities product on the MTV music awards. While many believed this was a joint, it was an herbal smoke product among IO’s collection. Other Hollywood movies or television shows using their products include: CSI, True Blood, Pineapple Express, and Crash with Dennis Hopper and My Name Is Earl along with countless others.

To what do we attribute the appeal of these products? Most often it’s the unique “otherworldly” smoking experience and the non-tobacco aspect. This herbal smoke alternative is truly supreme, and enjoyed by smokers and previous nonsmokers worldwide. International Oddities continues to impress the world with its legal buds products and revolutionary mark it has left on the cigar, cigarette and tobacco industries.

About The Company: For more information on herbal smokes and legal buds options, visit International Oddities’ official website at For more information via the telephone, call 1-800-730-4438. Enjoy legal smoke today! With a superior quality smoking experience, the products are worth your serious consideration. Try International Oddities today, a revolutionary herbal tobacco alternative.

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A revolutionary player in the tobacco, cigarette, cigar and smoking industry, International Oddities is a 100% legal herbal smoke company. Selling wholesale to distributors and stores and also selling products on their own on the web, the company has become an influential player worldwide. While initiating the legal bud industry, the company’s most popular products are sold in some of the largest tobacco and smoke shop chains in America and worldwide.


The first company to offer legal bud, International Oddities had viable legal herbal smokes decades before anyone else in the industry even tried to replicate the same products. Their competitors today only have a chance at it because of the worldwide appeal IO has achieved with their products. Today, the best their competitors can do is provide hard golf ball size lumps of herbs which many smokers have deemed unsmokeable.

International Oddities however offers customers a chance to peek-a-bud through the window of their “Freshpack Rolling Kit” before purchasing. This ¼ oz. kit includes built-in rolling papers and a retractable rolling tray. Their 1 oz. cans are vacuum packed making them fresh for a long period of time. With a 360 degree view of the enclosed ½ oz. packaged buds in their patented “shotgun tubes”, these legal herbs customers can be certain of the quality they are getting before paying for it.

By working directly with farmers and growers worldwide, each of the legal herbal smokes exotic products are crafted from seed to smoke to be high quality. This increases the enjoyable and relaxing atmosphere shared when partaking of legal herbs from International Oddities. As no tobacco is found in the products, the company is one of the first to provide a viable alternative to smoking the same old thing. While offering the most intriguing smoking experience imaginable, these products are widely accepted as preferable for the smoker and the environment.

While popular in the counterculture and Hollywood, regular consumers enjoy these products as well. With the growing debate of legal marijuana, the public’s awareness of legal herbs like those offered by International Oddities has been gaining in popularity. This wide acceptance can be found in the mass media. Some of International Oddities’ products have been used in Pineapple Express, True Blood, and Crash with Dennis Hopper, CSI and My Name Is Earl.

Other influences on the world have included the recent making of tobacco illegal in Amsterdam; this caused them to ask the company for an herbal smoke solution. With a Masters Series nicotine-free tobacco alternative available, products such as Rembrandt’s Brand, Van Gogh’s Blend and Shakespeare’s Blend are now available.

With constant changes in their products and the increase of their already superior quality, International Oddities offers dozens of legal herbs products that are more interesting than mere tobacco. With a unique experience for those who smoke or have smoked in the past, these legal herbal smokes are the new thing.

About InternationalOddities:

For more information on legal herbs or herbal smoke shops, visit their official website, More information can also be provided by phone at 1-800-730-4438. Enjoy legal herbal smokes today! It’s an experience that is unforgettable.

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