IU Health applauds CVS for stopping tobacco sales

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – CVS made the move to stop selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 U.S. drugstores as it focuses more on providing health care.

Wednesday, CVS said that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1.

Friday, IU Health applauded CVS for the change. Chief Medical Director, John Kohne, released this statement Friday afternoon:

Indiana University Health applauds CVS/pharmacy on its decision to discontinue the sale of tobacco products. It sends a strong public health message that consumers’ health and wellbeing should take top priority. As leaders in health, we are working to reduce chronic disease and focus on preventative health measures in the communities we serve. Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and death in Indiana and the U.S. With nearly 24 percent of Hoosiers smoking – well above the national average – we must all work together to take action and protect our communities.

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