American Heart Association Challenges Other Retailers to Follow CVS’s Lead on Tobacco Ban in Wake of New Data

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American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on new data released by CVS which indicated that their move to ban tobacco sales has resulted in a drop in cigarette sales across 13 states:

“The American Heart Association applauds CVS Health for its leadership in reducing access to tobacco products. CVS Health’s efforts over the last year have undoubtedly helped improve the lives of people in the communities it serves, exemplifying how one corporate commitment can transform public health.

Today’s announcement is precisely the type of strategic initiative we need to create a tobacco-free generation. The effect of these efforts on reducing heart disease and stroke is tremendous. Imagine the impact on our nation’s health if other companies were to follow CVS Health’s lead and embrace a similar commitment to health. We challenge others to follow CVS Health’s bold stand against tobacco and stand ready to support them in their efforts.”