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CVS, 2nd largest pharmacy chain in USA, to stop selling tobacco products due to health impacts

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5 February 2014

CVS decision to ban tobacco sales is hailed [USA]

Author: Deborah Kotz, Boston Globe (USA)

Public health officials, politicians, and smoking researchers cheered the Wednesday announcement from CVS Caremark that they will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products...The American Public Health Association called it...“historic...” and the American Association of Cancer Research called it...“visionary...” ... “CVS made a very compelling argument today that if you’re in the business of healthcare, you shouldn’t be...selling tobacco products,” said Vince Willmore, spokesperson for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “We’ll be taking that argument to every store with a pharmacy...” ...Margaret Reid...[of] the Boston Public Health Commission...[said] that it will certainly make tobacco products less readily available to smokers...Dr. Michael Siegel, a tobacco researcher at Boston University School of Public Health, said...the CVS ban...will likely have an impact [by] putting pressure on other big chain pharmacies to follow CVS’s lead.

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5 February 2014

CVS stores to stop selling tobacco [USA]

Author: Elizabeth Landau, CNN

CVS Caremark announced Wednesday it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its CVS/pharmacy stores by October 1. The retailer said the move makes CVS/pharmacy the first chain of national pharmacies to take tobacco products off the shelves. "Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health," Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Caremark, said...Health-oriented organizations and President Barack Obama praised the move... CVS Caremark estimates it will take an annual loss of $2 billion from tobacco shoppers... [Also includes statements of support from American Cancer Society, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Legacy; comments from Walgreens, R.J. Reynolds (part of Reynolds American)]

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