The recent announcement by CVS Caremark that the retailer will stop selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 locations made waves in the public health community. Health advocates lauded the national pharmacy retailer for its commitment to health while calling on other health-related stores to follow its example.
The drugstore chain’s change in policy, which will take effect in October, was made because selling tobacco conflicts with the retailer’s purpose of “helping people on their path to better health,” according to a February statement from CVS Caremark.
But as the countdown to October begins, questions remain as to how influential the CVS Caremark decision will be in the fight against tobacco, whether it will change behaviors and if other retailers will follow suit.
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