ANA Commends CVS on Decision to Stop Selling Cigarettes

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ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN, wrote a letter to CVS Caremark commending its Feb. 4 decision to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its pharmacies. Daley said that CVS’ decision positions the company as “an industry leader by demonstrating that you value public health more than potential profits,” and notes that ANA encourages all nurses to serve as health and wellness role models for their patients, including living a tobacco-free lifestyle.

CVS’ change will take effect by October 1, 2014, making it the first national pharmacy chain to cease the sale of tobacco products. Larry J. Merlo, CVS Caremark president and CEO, said, "As the delivery of health care evolves with an emphasis on better health outcomes, reducing chronic disease and controlling costs, CVS Caremark is playing an expanded role in providing care through our pharmacists and nurse practitioners."

Read the CVS release.