TMA Applauds CVS Caremark’s Decision to Stop Selling Tobacco

Feb. 5, 2014

Please attribute the following to Texas Medical Association President Stephen L. Brotherton, MD, in response to CVS Caremark’s decision today to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in its stores by Oct. 1, 2014.    


“Texas physicians are thrilled by CVS Caremark’s decision today to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in its stores. We applaud CVS for taking such a bold and courageous step. We agree with CVS that preventing tobacco use will improve the health of Texans.

“Tobacco is directly responsible for the death of 24,000 Texans each year, more than homicide, HIV, suicide, influenza and pneumonia, accidents, and diabetes — combined. As physicians we see the short- and long-term consequences of tobacco for our patients and their families. Make no mistake about it — tobacco is harmful.

“TMA now challenges Walgreens and other large pharmacies in Texas to follow the healthy example of CVS. It’s the right thing to do.” 

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.

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