CVS Caremark pharmacies went tobacco-free in their stores last week—a full month ahead of their originally planned October 1st implementation date. This is great news for all of us in Milwaukee! Even better, they just announced their refusal to carry any e-cigarettes, which are unregulated and can still create addiction-like changes in the brain.
On their website, CVS provides rationale for their tobacco-free decision by stating that cigarettes and tobacco products have no place in a setting where health care is involved. We couldn’t agree more, and we encourage all pharmacies in the Greater Milwaukee area to follow suit.
As your tobacco prevention and control partners in Greater Milwaukee, we know the threat from tobacco is not over. We work every day to reduce death and disease caused by tobacco while helping to prevent tobacco from ending up in the hands of children and teens.
Is this your time to quit? CVS’ and other pharmacies’ decisions to go tobacco-free also provides an excellent opportunity for tobacco users to get the help they need to quit tobacco. Free assistance is available through the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT NOW. Please consider calling the Quit Line today and taking the first step towards a healthier life.
City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance, Wisconsin African American Tobacco Prevention Network, Wisconsin Hispanic/Latino Tobacco Prevention Network, Dodge/Jefferson/Walworth Tobacco Prevention Network, and Suburban Milwaukee/Ozaukee Tobacco Prevention Network