CVS Pharmacy may stop selling cigarettes at its 7,000 stores

October 9, 2011 12:00 AM
CVS Pharmacy is expected to make historic public health announcement


After 85 outdoor protests, the CVS, the second largest pharmacy chain in the US, is expected to make an historic public health announcement before Christmas 2011. Under the pressure of the CVS sells poison project, CVS may stop advertising, promoting, distributing and selling lethal, addictive cigarettes at its over 7,000 stores. 
The announcement could occur during Dr. Troyen Brennan's (CVS's Chief Medical Officer) address at the 25th National Conference on Health, Productivity and Human Capital on October 27th 2011 in Boston. Seven facts support this expectation.
First, since October 2009 the CVS sells poison project has been urging CVS CEOs, its Chief Medical Officer, and Board of Directors to stop selling cigarettes. Second, CVS's leadership, aware that 85 protests have occurred at 16 Washington D.C. CVS stores through October 5, 2011, has not attempted to contradict any of the protests.
Third, the American Medical Association (AMA) and American Pharmacists Association (APhA) have urged CVS to stop selling cigarettes. Daniel A. Hussar, Remington Professor of Pharmacy, proposed the policy adopted by the APhA in 2010. 
Fourth, surveys of pharmacists and pharmacy students, citizen support for banning the sale of cigarettes in pharmacies in California and Massachusetts, and responses by pedestrians during 85 protests show that professionals and the public strongly support CVS's ending its "contradiction". 
Fifth, municipalities in California and Massachusetts (e.g., San Francisco and Boston) have outlawed the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies and stores with pharmacies. To its credit CVS has not argued against these laws in public hearings. Sixth, Larry Merlo, new CEO, and the Board of Directors have considered all the arguments for ending the sale of cigarettes. 
Seventh, in 2011 CVS's public relations department stated, "As a healthcare provider, we acknowledge that the sale of tobacco products in our stores is a challenging issue." And Dr. Brennan responded to a viewer of the CVS sells poison project music video who asked, "Why are pharmacies selling one of the most lethal products? Brennan firmly replied, "This is an issue I am working on." 
Taken together these facts strongly suggest that CVS could announce plans to stop selling cigarettes before Christmas 2011. Walgreens and Rite Aid will have to follow suit.
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