CVS to stop selling tobacco this year
February 6 , 2014
The biggest pharmacy chain in America will stop the sale of tobacco products by Oct. 1 and the CEO of CVS mentioned that changing the policy would be the "right thing to do."
"We've got 26,000 pharmacists and nurse practitioners who are helping millions of patients each and every day," Larry Merlo said. "They manage conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes - all conditions that are worsened by smoking. We've come to the decision that cigarettes have no place in an environment where healthcare is being delivered."
CVS already offers flu shots and is looking to be more involved with healthcare. Merlo mentioned that the sale of cigarettes just didn't do justice to such efforts. President Obama supported the move and said it's a "powerful example."