Statement from Nancy Brown, CEO, American Heart Association, in response to announcement from CVS Health
DALLAS, Texas, Sept. 3, 2014 –“We congratulate CVS Health for having the courage to make this bold decision in the name of public health and for staying true to it. Changing the company’s name to focus on health, and stopping tobacco sales a month ahead of schedule, speak volumes about this organization’s commitment. We are equally committed to helping create a culture of health, where the healthy choice is the default choice. Taking these deadly products off the shelves sends a powerful message about the importance of healthy environments.
Smoking is still the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. According to a Surgeon General’s report released earlier this year, smoking kills 443,000 Americans and costs the nation $193 billion in healthcare expenses and lost productivity each year. 5.6 million young Americans who are alive today will die from smoking – unless there are more actions like this one today. CVS Health’s decision to remove tobacco products will undoubtedly help prevent a new generation of smokers from becoming addicted to this deadly, addictive habit.”