CVS to Stop Selling Tobacco Products by October 1
Statement from CADCA (2/6/14):
"CVS Caremark Corp. surprised many with an announcement this week that they will stop selling tobacco products in their CVS/ Pharmacy stores by Oct. 1. In response, CADCA issued a statement thanking the major drugstore chain.
"'CADCA applauds CVS Caremark Corp. for their remarkable decision to remove tobacco products from their stores by October 1 and the launch of their new smoking cessation program. This is a tremendous step in the right direction that will potentially save thousands of lives and bring us closer to making the next generation tobacco free. We at CADCA salute CVS and hope that their bold move will encourage a domino effect among other retail chains," said Gen. Arthur T. Dean, CADCA’s Chairman and CEO.
“'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,” said the company in a statement.
"CVS Caremark is the largest pharmacy in the United States based on total prescription revenue, according to the company. It operates more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores nationwide in addition to more than 800 MinuteClinics, which are medical clinics within the pharmacy locations."
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