AAFP Applauds CVS’s Decision to Stop Selling Tobacco

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

Statement attributable to:
Jeffrey Cain, MD
Board Chair
American Academy of Family Physicians

“The American Academy of Family Physicians applauds CVS Caremark for its decision to halt tobacco sales. Tobacco products are the number one cause of preventable death and disease in our country. Selling tobacco does not align with the values of companies that want to promote better health for their customers.

"As family physicians we see every day the tragic consequences of smoking for our patients and for our health care system. As a result, the AAFP has been a long-time supporter of programs aimed at eliminating tobacco use. CVS's bold move to halt tobacco sales sets an example we hope other companies will soon follow."

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Cain, contact Kristin Pitts, (800) 274-2237, Ext. 5221, or kpitts@aafp.org.

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