CVS To Discontinue Cigarettes

by Elizabeth Shaw -

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Healthcare is thrilled – CVS Caremark is going to discontinue the sale of cigarettes as well as other tobacco products Incredible news “in its more than 7,600 locations nationwide by October 1, CVS Caremark President and CEO Larry J. Merlo announced in a press release on February 5. The company estimates that the removal of these products from shelves will result in a $2 billion loss in revenue.”

Apparently, the company has worked on growing into it’s healthcare shoes, “and as such, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose,” Merlo says. According to experts, smoking is estimated to be “the leading cause of premature disease and deaths in the United States, responsible for over 480,000 deaths annually.”

“Every day, all across the country, customers and patients place their trust in our 26,000 pharmacists and nurse practitioners to serve their health care needs,” commented Helena B. Foulkes, President, CVS/pharmacy in the press release. “Removing tobacco products from our stores is an important step in helping Americans to quit smoking and get healthy.”

Not only that, but CVS also announced that it “will launch a smoking cessation campaign in the spring of 2015, available at most locations nationwide.”

Source: Women’s Health Magazine

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