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CVS to Stop Selling Tobacco — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
February 6, 2014

CVS to Stop Selling Tobacco

By Kelly Young

CVS Caremark has announced plans to stop selling tobacco products at all of its pharmacies by Oct. 1.

A JAMA viewpoint, co-written by CVS's chief medical officer, notes that pharmacy chains, including CVS, are adding retail health clinics to assist in treating chronic conditions like hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes, "all conditions exacerbated by smoking." The article continues: "Although the sale of tobacco products in CVS pharmacies produces more than $1.5 billion in revenues annually, the financial gain is outweighed by the paradox inherent in promoting health while contributing to tobacco-related deaths."

Several medical societies, including the American Lung Association, came out in support of the move and encouraged other pharmacies to follow suit.

In other anti-smoking news, the FDA is about to release a new anti-smoking campaign aimed at high-risk youth aged 12 to 17. "The Real Cost" will target teens' concerns, such as the cosmetic consequences of smoking.

Reader Comments (2)

ELLEN LERNER

IS CVS going to sell non nicotine e-cigarettes? Just wondering.

albert kolstad Physician, Ophthalmology, retired

High time!

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