CVS to Stop Selling Cigarettes

CVS recently announced the pharmacy will stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products by October of this year. In a USA Today article, Dr. Otis Brawley, the chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, notes that this decision could create a decline in smoking rates around the nation, especially for young people who have less access to cigarettes otherwise.

The rest of the article explains how it may positively impact smoking incidences:

“Studies show that being forced to travel just two extra blocks can deter someone from buying cigarettes,” Brawley says. He further notes that retailers have known for decades about the importance of positioning products near cash registers, to increase “impulse” buys.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.