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AMA News Room

Feb. 5, 2014

AMA Applauds CVS Caremark for Decision to End Sale of Tobacco Products

For immediate release:
Feb. 5, 2014

Statement attributed to:
Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D.
President, American Medical Association

"The AMA applauds CVS Caremark for its decision to discontinue the sale of tobacco products in its stores and put the public's health first. By ending the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products, CVS is helping to combat tobacco use by limiting the very access and availability that people have to tobacco products.   

"The AMA has been a proud supporter of anti-tobacco efforts over the years and has long supported efforts to remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from pharmacy shelves. In 2009, the AMA passed a resolution opposing the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies nationwide.

"We commend CVS for putting public health ahead of their bottom line and recognizing the need for pharmacies to focus on supporting health and wellness instead of contributing to disease and death caused by tobacco use. We are hopeful that CVS's decision to end the sale of tobacco products will spur other pharmacies to follow suit to help improve the nation's health."

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AMA Media & Editorial
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