Do you need cigarettes? Well, CVS Caremark will not be the place to pick them up starting in October. The drug store chain has announced it will no longer be selling cigarettes beginning this fall.
The company's president and CEO, Larry Merlo, said in a statement, "Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health. Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose."
There number of CVS/Caremark stores number more than 7,000 in the U.S. They will be the first national pharmacy chain to cease the sale of tobacco products.
CVS states they made this decision to do their part to help reduce the chronic disease caused by tobacco products. These chronic illnesses cost Americans millions of dollars a year on healthcare, which includes: physician visits, prescription drugs and hospital stays.
The Centers for Disease Control says that cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 440,000 deaths, or one of every five deaths, in the United States per year.