September 3, 2014
Statement by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on CVS ending tobacco sales
We applaud CVS Health for becoming tobacco-free and ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at its 7,700 CVS/pharmacy locations. CVS accomplished their goal one month ahead of their deadline of October 1.
We also commend CVS Health on the launch of their national and personalized smoking cessation program.
CVS Heath’s tobacco free policy is an unprecedented step in the retail industry, and will have an impact in bringing our country closer to achieving a tobacco-free generation, a call to action that we announced in January.
We hope others will follow CVS Health’s lead in this important new step to curtail tobacco use.