This decision was immediately remarked by President Obama, already a former smoker. “As one of the largest retailers and pharmacies in America, CVS Caremark sets a powerful example, and today’s decision will help advance my administration’s effort to reduce tobacco-related deaths, cancer and heart disease, as well as bring down health care costs ultimately saving lives and protecting an untold number of families from pain and heartbreak for years to come”, he said.
Some cities in California and Massachusetts have previously banned tobacco sales at all the pharmacies.
Smoking is now one of the top health issues in the United States. More than 480,000 people die from smoking related diseases every year, according to the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center at the University of California. On the other part, smoking has gone down more than 20 percent for adult people in the last 50 years in the US.
CVS Caremark is pursuing its health care goals: 26,000 pharmacists and nurse practitioners help people managing high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. CVS is also offering patient’s smoking cessation therapy which will be usually paid for by the insurance.