CVS to Stop Selling Cigarettes

February 6, 2014 at 9:29 am | Posted in Health and Human Services, Wellness | Leave a comment
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CVS announced this week that it will no longer sell cigarettes at its 7,600 stores nationwide by October 1, 2014. CVS posted the following rationale on its website (www.cvs.com):

“Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is simply the right thing to do for the good of our customers and our company. The sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose – helping people on their path to better health.

“As the delivery of health care evolves with an emphasis on better health outcomes, reducing chronic disease and controlling costs, CVS Caremark is playing n expanded role through our 26,000 pharmacists and nurse practitioners. By removing tobacco products from our retail shelves, we will better serve our patients, clients and health care providers while positioning CVS Caremark for future growth as a health care company. Cigarettes and tobacco products have no place in a setting where health care is delivered. This is the right thing to do.”

The decision was applauded by HHS Secretary Sebelius as one of “considerable impact.”

A copy of Secretary Sebelius’ statement is here: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2014pres/02/20140205a.html

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