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May 31 - World No Tobacco Day

Friday, May 30, 2014  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Dear Colleagues:

On 31 May, health professionals everywhere mark World No Tobacco Day, advocating for policies to reduce tobacco consumption. In the past, advocacy efforts have focused on public policies such as tobacco taxes which encourage smokers to quit as well as discourage youth from starting. In celebration of World No Tobacco Day 2014, NAQC would like to encourage meaningful corporate policies and applaud a corporation that is leading by example.

In February, CVS Caremark announced its decision to end the sale of tobacco products in stores and pharmacies, showing that businesses can be part of the solution for a healthier America. Selling cigarettes in pharmacies makes tobacco more accessible to smokers and those trying to quit smoking. Seeing tobacco products in pharmacies where people purchase medications to quit smoking sends mixed signals to those trying to quit. Cigarettes have no place in any public setting, especially settings where healthcare is delivered.

So much is at stake: smoking is the single most preventable cause of death in our country. We urge retailers, especially those with pharmacies, to join CVS Caremark in ending the sale of tobacco products. We hope NAQC members will encourage retailers in their communities to follow CVS’ example. This is an important action that can dramatically improve the lives of people everywhere.

Best wishes to all of you on World No Tobacco Day!


Linda Bailey
President and CEO

Wayne Tormala
Board Chair

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