CVS Caremark today set a powerful example for all retailers, particularly those involved in health care, by announcing that it will end the sale of tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores throughout the United States. This decision represents one of the strongest actions any business has ever taken to address the enormous public health problems caused by tobacco use. Ultimately, CVS’s actions will reduce the availability of cigarettes and other tobacco products and send a clear message to all Americans, especially youth, that tobacco use is uniquely harmful and socially unacceptable.
In making this decision, CVS has recognized that selling tobacco products – the number one cause of preventable death – directly conflicts with its commitment to improving the health of its customers. Stamp Out Smoking urges other pharmacies and retailers in Arkansas to follow CVS’s example. An estimated 5.6 million kids alive today will die prematurely from smoking-caused disease unless current trends are reversed.