We applaud CVS Health for becoming tobacco-free and ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at its 7,700 CVS/pharmacy locations. CVS accomplished their goal one month ahead of their deadline of October 1.
We also commend CVS Health on the launch of their national and personalized smoking cessation program.
CVS Heath’s tobacco free policy is an unprecedented step in the retail industry, and will have an impact in bringing our country closer to achieving a tobacco-free generation, a call to actionthat we announced in January.
We hope others will follow CVS Health’s lead in this important new step to curtail tobacco use.
“We hope others will follow CVS Health’s lead…” Hmmm, as I read that last sentence, I thought of another major retailer, err, wholesale warehouse concern which still has the chance to follow and do the right thing when it comes to reducing heart disease and cancer in the US: Costco Wholesale.
“…there is evidence developing that indicates that removing tobacco products from retailers with pharmacies will lead to substantially lower rates of smoking with implications for reducing tobacco-related deaths.”
Costco, are you listening? Or do you only care about the costs of health care when it’s your employees who are addicted to tobacco products?
-Originally published on September 4, 2014 at: http://www.spectrumscience.com/health-care-industry/the-new-cvs-health-gets-it/.