Monday, February 24, 2014

Jefferson County Public Health Applauds CVS Caremark’s Decision to Discontinue Sales of Tobacco Products at all CVS/Pharmacy Locations

CVS Caremark, the largest integrated pharmacy company in the United States, announced on February 5, 2014 that it will discontinue the sales of all tobacco products in its more than 7,600 stores starting October 1, 2014. This is the first national pharmacy chain to take this important step that will significantly benefit the health of our populations nationwide. Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO of CVS Caremark, was quoted in the company’s news release saying, "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. Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose."

Jefferson County Public Health applauds CVS Caremark for recognizing the enormous burden that tobacco places on our nation, communities, and loved ones and for taking a bold stand for public health despite the financial losses they may incur. Per the company’s news release, it is estimated that it will lose approximately $2 billion in revenues on an annual basis from the tobacco shopper.

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