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NACCHO Applauds CVS Caremark’s Decision to Pull Tobacco Products from Shelves



Contact: Jacqueline Bond
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NACCHO Applauds CVS Caremark’s Decision to Pull Tobacco Products from Shelves


Washington, DC (February 5, 2014)

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) applauds the bold action by CVS Caremark to end the sale of all tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores throughout the United States.

Tobacco remains the number one preventable cause of death, disability, and disease, and NACCHO encourages local health departments to work together with health care providers like CVS to end the tobacco epidemic and improve public health.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 500,000 Americans die prematurely each year from smoking or secondhand smoke.We must remain vigilant if we are to curb those numbers so that all individuals have the opportunity to be safe and healthy across their life span.

Local health departments work in their communities to prevent tobacco use, promote tobacco cessation, protect the public from secondhand smoke, and end the disproportionate impacts of tobacco-related illness on racial and ethnic minorities. The commitment by CVS to take a leadership role in the business world and address the devastating impact of tobacco is essential, especially as state and local government budget cuts have affected local health departments' ability to implement tobacco prevention and control interventions.

"Local health departments have a long history of working with a wide range of community partners to reduce the devastating effects of tobacco-related illness and death," said NACCHO Executive Director Robert M. Pestronk. "This is an important first step in creating tobacco-free communities and a tobacco-free generation. We hope other businesses will follow the courageous lead that CVS has taken today."

NACCHO urges the nation's local health departments to partner with businesses in their communities that support reducing tobacco use. Together, proactive measures can be accomplished to promote public health, wellness, and safety.

About the National Association of County and City Health Officials

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation's 2,800 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities. For more information about NACCHO, please visit www.naccho.org.