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Thursday, February 13, 2014
CVS Pharmacy Bans Tobacco, To Offer Smoking Cessation
CVS Pharmacy has decided selling tobacco products contradicts its foundational healthcare mission and will no longer sell tobacco products after October 1, 2014. Furthermore, CVS plans to begin a smoking cessation program. CEO of CVS Caremark Larry Merlo said, "As a leader of the health care community focused on improving health outcomes, we are pledging to help millions of Americans quit smoking. In addition to removing cigarettes and tobacco products for sale, we will undertake a robust national smoking cessation program." The program, to be launched this Spring, is expected to include information and treatment on smoking cessation at CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic along with online resources.
 
Healthcare providers should be standing up, cheering, and visiting CVS pharmacies to offer thanks.
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control, "smoking kills more than 440,000 Americans each year, with an estimated 49,000 of these deaths from exposure to secondhand smoke. In addition, smoking-related illness in the United States costs $96 billion in medical costs and $97 billion in lost productivity each year."
 
The Bible teaches our actions should be consistent with our beliefs and knowledge. I'm not suggesting CVS is taking this step for biblical reasons, but CVS is acting on the knowledge that smoking harms and should be commended.
 
Let's encourage other pharmacies to follow suit. In the mean time, I'm giving CVS my business.
About the Author

Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner
Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, serves as editor of the Journal of Christian Nursing and as a per diem staff nurse in behavioral health in Wichita, Kansas.

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