Hartford, CT – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today applauded CVS for officially ending the sale of tobacco products in all of its stores. CVS announced in February that it would stop all tobacco sales by October 1, because the practice conflicted with the company’s health care mission.
“Today marks a major victory in the fight against tobacco, America’s leading killer. We can debate the health benefits and dangers of many products, but tobacco kills consumers when used as intended. CVS rightly recognized the contradiction between keeping Americans healthy and selling tobacco products, and I commend them for taking these dangerous products off their shelves. I urge other pharmacies and businesses to follow CVS’s lead.”
Following CVS’s original announcement in February, Blumenthal and seven Senate colleagues called on other major pharmacies also to remove tobacco products from their store shelves.