National pharmacy retailer, CVS Caremark, announced that they will no longer sell tobacco products effective October 1st (1 Earned Media)
CVS Caremark announced that they will no longer sell tobacco products including cigarettes. The announcement is a bold move for this national pharmacy chain as CVS sells $1.5 billion in tobacco products a year. Currently, CVS does not sell electronic cigarettes as they are unregulated by the FDA. In the announcement, CVS President Helena Foulkes stated that the sale of tobacco products in their stores counteracts the company’s promotion of wellness. It is expected that other pharmacies across the nation will follow suit.
For more information on this landmark decision by CVS, read the below listed items:
- CVS Caremark’s Press Release
- CVS Quits For Good program, with video interviews from CVS Corporate leadership
- GASP’s Press Release
- NJ.Com’s Article Featuring GASP’s Executive Director Karen Blumenfeld
- New York Times Article on CVS’s decision
- USA Today Article on CVS’s decision
- Trenton Times publishes GASP’s letter to the editor, supporting CVS’ decision to stop selling tobacco products.
- A number of Massachusetts’ municipalities currently ban the sale of tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices. See the list of municipalities at http://www.tobaccofreenys.org/pdf/MA-Municipal-Bans.pdf