Nonprofit health organization praises CVS decision to stop selling tobacco

The American Lung Association of the Northeast (ALA-NE) is applauding the announcement by CVS Caremark to discontinue the sale of tobacco products at all CVS pharmacies beginning Oct. 1.

“We strongly agree that stopping the sale of tobacco products at a business that is meant to promote wellness is in keeping with their central mission and the right move for healthier lungs and healthier families across our country,” said Jeff Seyler, ALA-NE president and CEO.

CVS will become the first national pharmacy chain to stop selling tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco. The Rhode Island-based CVS made the announcement on Wednesday.

The company has a heavy presence in Connecticut, including CVS stores near Shelton in Ansonia, Derby, Milford, Monroe, Orange, Seymour, Stratford and Trumbull.

Will drug store chains follow suit?

“We call on all drugstores and pharmacy chains to follow suit and promptly stop selling tobacco products,” Seyler said.

He said both the ALA-NE’s State of Tobacco Control 2014 report and the latest U.S. surgeon general’s report on smoking and health “make clear that we must do more than the status quo if we are going to reverse the toll that tobacco takes on our country’s health.

“Collaborations with companies like CVS Caremark who choose public health over profit,” he continued, “will undoubtedly help decrease smoking rates and help smokers quit their deadly addiction.”

About the ALA-NE

The American Lung Association of the Northeast is part of the American Lung Association (ALA), the oldest voluntary health organization in the United States.

The ALA was established in 1904 to combat tuberculosis and now concentrates on saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The organization’s focus is on air quality, asthma, tobacco control, and all lung disease.

The ALA of the Northeast serves Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. Find out more at