Even though we all know that smoking's bad for us, tobacco use remains by far and away the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, causing 480,000 deaths each year. It also accounts for approximately one in five deaths in America related to lung cancer and other respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.
That’s why we applaud CVS for stopping its sale of cigarettes and other tobacco-related products in all of its 7,700 CVS/pharmacy locations as of Wednesday, September 3, 2014.
The move, which also resulted in a name shift (the former CVS Caremark Corp. is now CVS Health) is part of a larger rebranding effort as the company tries to position itself in the health care space.
In place of cigarettes and other tobacco products, the shelves behind the cash register will now house products for nicotine replacement and smoking cessation — but electronic cigarettes will not be among those products.
When the decision was first announced in February, CVS estimated it would lose about $2 billion in sales. This is the first large-scale move of its kind in the industry.
Let's hope the rest are soon to follow!
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