|February 12, 2014|
Previously published on February 7, 2014
CVS Caremark (pharmacy) just announced they will stop selling tobacco products in all of its 7600+ US stores by October 1st. CVS has come to the realization that selling tobacco products is incompatible with its commitment to improving the health of its customers. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids applauded CVS’s bold and courageous decision, and hopes more retailors will follow CVS’ example. Another indication of progress in the tobacco war.
CVS’s action is very timely, as January 2014 was the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Surgeon General’s Report: Smoking and Health. The 2014 Surgeon General report stated that smoking kills 480,000 Americans annually, causes disease in millions more, costs the nation $289 billion annually in health care expenses and that 90% of adult smokers start before the age of 18. CVS’s decision, together with the recent Surgeon General’s report, the CDC’s Tips from Former Smokers media campaign to encourage smokers to quit and the FDA’s The Real Cost media campaign aimed at preventing youth smoking should significantly reduce tobacco use.
These actions should help achieve the goals of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and six other public health and medical organizations: To reduce smoking rates to less than 10% within 10 years, protect all Americans from secondhand smoke in 5 years and ultimately eliminate death and disease caused by smoking.