NICOTINE REPLACEMENT therapy (NRT)
can seem like an expensive purchase, but it
could give smokers a much better chance at
quitting—while saving them money in the
Using NRT to help quit smoking can
almost triple a smoker’s chances of success,
according to Perrigo, a pharmaceutical company that manufactures NRT products for
Costco warehouses in the U.S. and Puerto
Rico. Perrigo estimates its over-the-counter
Kirkland Signature™ NRT products, such as
gum and lozenges, save consumers, on average, 42 percent over comparable brand-name products.
The decision to stop smoking is an
important one. Here are some tips to help
you get started:
• Follow a support plan. Personalized
plans are available at smokefreehabits.com.
• Throw away all of your cigarettes,
lighters and ashtrays.
• When the desire to smoke strikes,
do something else. The urge usually passes
within two or three minutes.
• Carry things to put in your mouth,
such as gum or hard candy.
• Be active: Take a walk with a friend,
go for a bike ride or walk the dog.
• Go to places where you are not
allowed to smoke.
• Ask friends and/or family for support.
WHEN MAKING RESOLUTIONS for the
new year, consider adding vitamins and
nutritional supplements to the list. Here
are some suggestions from the Kirkland
Signature™ Vitamin and Supplement Guide.
• Daily multivitamins provide a full
spectrum of vitamins and minerals for
daily nutritional support. A good multivitamin is designed with essential nutrients
to help support the immune system, cellular energy, metabolism, antioxidant activity, eye health, and strong bones and teeth.
• Calcium citrate, magnesium and zinc
should be formulated with vitamin D to
assist calcium absorption, and magnesium
to help bone formation. This synergistic
bone-care supplement provides the nutrients needed to support the health of your
bones, teeth and muscles.
• Glucosamine and chondroitin help
support cartilage, lubricate joints and support mobility.
See your local Costco for a complete
selection of vitamins and supplements.
Tips on proper discarding
THE NEW YEAR is a good time to clean
out your medicine cabinet of unused or
expired prescription drugs. If you can’t find
a take-back program, the Food and Drug
Administration and the White House Office
of National Drug Control Policy have developed federal guidelines that are summarized
• Follow any specific disposal instructions on the prescription drug labeling or
patient information that accompanies the
medicine. Do not flush medicines down the
sink or toilet unless this information specifically instructs you to do so.
• Eradicate any identifying information
(e.g., your name, the prescription number,
your address) on empty prescription containers before throwing them away. This
prevents someone from getting your personal information.
• If no disposal instructions are given
on the prescription drug labeling and no
take-back program is available in your area,
throw the medications in the household
trash after following these steps:
( 1) Remove them from their original
containers and mix them with something
like used coffee grounds or kitty litter; and
( 2) Place the mixture in a sealable bag, empty
can or other container to prevent the drug
from leaking out of a garbage bag.
Your community may have specific
waste guidelines. Also, pharmacies may
provide (for a nominal charge) medication
mail-back envelopes that consumers can
use to safely get rid of unwanted medications. Costco members who want to safely
dispose of medications may choose to purchase a take-away medication recovery system from a Costco Pharmacy. This specially
designed envelope can be used to send
unwanted or unneeded drugs to a disposal
facility (postage fee is included).
Here are tips for disposing of used
sharps (syringes, needles and lancets):
• All used needles, syringes or lancets
should be placed in special sharps-disposal
containers, which are generally available at
pharmacies (including Costco Pharmacy),
medical supply companies and health-care
• After proper packaging, check your
community waste guidelines for local disposal instructions. There may be a drop-off
box at a hazardous-waste site, local hospital
or other health-care provider.
To learn more about Costco Pharmacy, click on the “Pharmacy”
link at Costco.com or call toll-free 1-800-607-6861.
Be a quitter
a healthier life