Ochsner’s Views on Tobacco Align with CVS Caremark Decision to Discontinue Tobacco Sales

On February 5, 2014, CVS Caremark announced that it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores across the U.S. by October 1, 2014, making CVS/pharmacy the first national pharmacy chain to take this step in support of the health and well-being of its patients and customers.

CVS Caremark's decision to stop selling tobacco products is consistent with the positions taken by the American Medical Association, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and American Pharmacists Association that have all publicly opposed tobacco sales in retail outlets with pharmacies.

“We applaud CVS for taking a stance against this healthcare crisis by discontinuing sales of tobacco products,” said Warner Thomas, President and CEO, Ochsner Health System. “Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. To ensure the health and well being of our citizens, we implemented a tobacco free policy on all of our campuses several years ago. As healthcare leaders, it is important that we set the standard for healthy living.  We encourage other companies nationwide to join us in this fight that is directly impacting our country on a daily basis.”

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