On Feb. 5, the CVS Caremark drugstore chain announced it would no longer sell cigarettes, tobacco and tobacco-related products. The company estimated that its decision would mean $2 billion in lost revenue. CVS Caremark also announced it would be changing its name to CVS Health, which is symbolic of its commitment to promote public health.
The decision by CVS to stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products is significant because smoking is a serious public health issue and the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the U.S.
Helen Walter, FNP-BC