The Texas Medical Association and other health groups are applauding CVS Caremark’s decision to remove tobacco products from their stores.
“Texas physicians are thrilled by CVS Caremark’s decision today to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in its stores,” the TMA said. “We applaud CVS for taking such a bold and courageous step. We agree with CVS that preventing tobacco use will improve the health of Texans.”
Tobacco is directly responsible for the death of 24,000 Texans each year, according to the TMA, more than homicide, HIV, suicide, influenza and pneumonia, accidents, and diabetes combined.
“Frankly, I think they have hit the nail on the head,” added Jay Arnold, with Smoke Free Texas. ” To be an organization driven towards wellness, and then selling a program that we all know is bad for you.”