CVS Quits Tobacco and Changes Name


by Marissa Silver

Anchorage, AK - CVS Pharmacy quit tobacco Wednesday almost a month earlier than previously planned.

The drugstore and pharmacy chain had previously said they would stop selling tobacco products on October first, however Wednesday they announced the cessation of selling the products along with changing their name from CVS Caremark to CVS Health.

"The sale of cigarette and tobacco products at CVS Pharmacy stores ends today, by eliminating the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products in our stores we can make a difference in the health of all Americans," said Larry Merlo who is the President/CEO of CVS Health.
As for Alaskans, the local chapter of the American Cancer Society says this is a positive step forward, one that may start a trend that other tobacco retailers will follow.
"CVS's announcement is a great move nationally, while we don't have their stores here in Alaska, it's still a significant step forward, there are many steps in this process to reducing the death and disease caused by tobacco," said Emily Nenon who is with the American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network.