05 | 01 | 2015

It's time drugstores and pharmacies stop selling tobacco products

Drugstores help customers treat, manage and combat chronic disease. Why would they sell the only consumer product that when used as intended will kill at least a half of its long-term users?
 
In 2014, CVS Caremark made the decision to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products. By making its customers’ health a top priority and refusing to sell these deadly products, CVS is helping to reduce tobacco use and save lives. With more than 700 drugstores in New York City selling tobacco products, including many large chain drugstores, CVS Caremark now stands apart by placing people’s health over tobacco profits.
 
It's time other drugstores follow CVS Caremark's lead and join the fight against the tobacco epidemic. 
 

Pharmacies function primarily as providers of health care and smoking cessation medications, not retailers of deadly tobacco products. Prohibiting the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies would serve the pharmacies’ branding, encourage healthy living, and reduce the number of new youth smokers.

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