Here’s some news totally made our morning – CVS has
announced that it will stop selling all cigarettes and tobacco products
nationwide by October.
The country’s second-largest pharmacy chain will be the first
major drugstore chain in the United States to pull cigarettes off the shelf,
even though it will cost the company billions of dollars in revenue.
“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,” said Larry J. Merlo, the
president and CEO of CVS Caremark.
President Obama (who is himself a former smoker) praised the
move as a powerful example for other retailers and pharmacies:
“Today’s decision will help advance my Administration’s
efforts to reduce tobacco-related deaths, cancer, and heart disease, as well as
bring down healthcare costs,” Obama said in a statement.
Tobacco remains the leading preventable cause of disease and
death in the United States and a recent U.S. Surgeon General report linked
smoking to 480,000 deaths annually.
“Cigarettes have no place in an environment where
health care is being delivered,” Merlo added.
We couldn’t agree more!
What do you think? Would you be more likely to shop at a store that refuses to sell cigarettes?