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Why you should watch tonight’s State of the Union address: Highlight on Tobacco Cessation!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Dear Colleagues:
NAQC has learned that CVS’ CEO has been invited to tonight’s State of the Union address as the guest of the First Lady, in acknowledgement of CVS’ decision to stop selling tobacco products. This is a very visible way for the Obama administration to highlight the importance of tobacco cessation.  Hope you all will watch the speech!!
Please see the note below from CVS for additional details.
I wanted to share with you  the news that our CEO, Larry Merlo, has been invited as one of First Lady Michelle Obama’s guests at tonight’s State of the Union address.  We couldn’t be more honored that CVS Health is being recognized for our decision to stop the sale of tobacco products in our more than 7,800 stores.

We are very grateful for your partnership over the last year in helping us to share the news of this important decision and help people lead tobacco-free lives.  We are also excited that this invitation is a clear indication that the anti-tobacco movement that you all fight for is receiving national attention and is once again in the spotlight.
We hope you’ll share this great news by including the information across your social channels.  Please feel free to retweet our posts or use any of the suggested content included below.
Suggested content:
  • Congrats to @CVSHealth CEO Larry Merlo attending #SOTU in recognition of his leadership quitting tobacco #CVSquits [NOTE: please feel free to include your own hashtags here]
  • We are so glad @CVSHealth CEO Larry Merlo will attend #SOTU recognizing his contribution to a national dialogue on ending tobacco use
  • The leadership of @CVSHealth CEO Larry Merlo & @CVSinAction helping people quit tobacco will be recognized tonight at #SOTU
  • Proud our partner @CVSinAction will be recognized when @CVSHealth CEO Larry Merlo is a #SOTU guest tonight for #tobaccofree leadership
  • @CVSHealth CEO Larry Merlo attending #SOTU tomorrow as a testament to the tobacco free leadership of his whole team @CVSinAction 

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