publication date: Sep. 11, 2015

CVS Marks First Anniversary Of Stopping Tobacco Sales 


CVS Health marked the first anniversary of ending tobacco sales at its CVS/pharmacy locations, and released study data showing a reduction in cigarette purchases over the past year.

The company also announced a joint initiative between CVS Health and Scholastic to launch a school-based tobacco-prevention program.

The study, conducted by the CVS Health Research Institute, evaluated cigarette pack purchases at drug, food, big box, dollar, convenience and gas station retailers in the eight months after CVS/pharmacy stopped selling tobacco products.

The study found an additional one percent reduction in cigarette pack sales in states where CVS/pharmacy had a 15 percent or greater share of the retail pharmacy market, compared to states with no CVS/pharmacy stores. Over the same eight-month period, the average smoker in these states purchased five fewer cigarette packs and, in total, approximately 95 million fewer packs were sold.

The study also showed a four percent increase in nicotine patch purchases in the states with a CVS/pharmacy market share of 15 percent of more, in the period immediately following the end of tobacco sales.

“Over the last year, CVS Health has created partnerships with community organizations across the country that are dedicated to helping people quit smoking and communicating the importance of never starting tobacco use,” said Eileen Howard Boone, senior vice president of corporate social responsibility and philanthropy at CVS Health, and president of the CVS Health Foundation.

“Today, we are proud to mark our one-year anniversary by … Continue reading 41-33 CVS Marks First Anniversary Of Stopping Tobacco Sales

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