The Rhode Island Medical Society commends and congratulates CVS Caremark for its voluntary plan to remove tobacco products from the shelves of its 7,600 retail stores nationwide.
With this decision CVS sets an example of good corporate citizenship that all other pharmacy chains should emulate. The juxtaposition of pharmaceuticals and other health- and wellness-related products with the sale of tobacco, which is harmful and addictive in all its forms, has always been a blatant incongruity in American drugstores and a disservice to consumers. That is why the Rhode Island Medical Society again this year is promoting legislation that would ban the sale of tobacco products anyplace where health care services are provided.
Thanks to CVS’ courageous, logical and pioneering move, we can now hope that other pharmacies will consider the welfare of their customers and obviate our legislation.