lunes, 15 de septiembre de 2014 – 14 de septiembre de 2014 – EEUU

Smoking rates decline; CVS leads the way in ending tobacco sales

The decision by the CVS drugstore chain to stop selling tobacco products effective Sept. 3 in its 7,700 stores nationwide — and more than 240 in Michigan — is a move expected to cost it $2 billion in revenue.

But that’s a drop in the bucket compared to the $96 billion that the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta estimates the health care costs of smoking to be nationally.

“Tobacco products have no place in a setting where health care is delivered,” CVS President and CEO Larry Merlo said in February to announce the company’s shift toward health provider.

“Banning tobacco products from our stores is the right thing to do,” Merlo said.

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