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CVS to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products


CVS stores are taking a stance against the tobacco companies. No longer will you be able to pick up your favorite pack of cigarettes at the same place you get your prescriptions filled.

“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,” Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Caremark, said in a statement. “Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.”

CVS plans to have all cigarettes and other tobacco products off store shelves by October 1.

Dr. Richard Wender, chief cancer control officer at the American Cancer Society, praised the company for making such a bold move in the tobacco fight,  “This is an important, bold public health decision by a major retail pharmacy to act on the long understood reality that blending providing health care and providing cigarettes just doesn’t match.”

Doesn’t it only seem right that major pharmacies not sell tobacco products since they are in the healthcare business? It is sort of a contradiction. Similar to if a doctor fed a morbidly obese patient cheeseburgers or a dentist giving candy after visits.

What are your thoughts on CVS’ decision?

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