CVS Decision on Tobacco Smart and Long Overdue, Butler Professors Say

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Released: 6-Feb-2014 8:00 AM EST

Source Newsroom: Butler University

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CVS’s decision to stop selling tobacco products is great but long overdue, Butler University Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice Carrie Maffeo said.

“This has been a ‘black eye’ in the pharmacy world, and public health groups have criticized pharmacies for the sale of tobacco products for a while,” Maffeo said. “Eliminating the sale of tobacco products is a significant public health decision that demonstrates the company’s commitment to promote the health and wellness of its customers. CVS should be commended for this important decision.”

Butler Economics Professor Bill Rieber said by being the first pharmacy chain to ban tobacco, CVS has made a strategic marketing/public relations move.

“If others follow, CVS will be known as the industry leader in this important public health endeavor,” he said.

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