IU Health applauds CVS for stopping tobacco sales

WLFI File Photo
WLFI File Photo

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.

WLFI.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s