Tobacco is the only product that when used as directed kills.
Every year, more than 480,000 Americans die, millions more get sick and health care and related costs reach more than $289 billion due to tobacco use.
Target, Wegmans and most recently CVS Caremark have all done the right thing – they removed tobacco from their shelves. We applaud their courage and believe that together we can build on this momentum. APHA is asking all pharmacies and retailers in the business of wellness to put their customers’ health ahead of profits from tobacco. Join us.
- Pharmacies and Clinics
Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., claiming more lives than alcohol, illegal drug use, homicides, suicides, car crashes and AIDS combined. The latest Surgeon General’s report also made clear that tobacco use is a pediatric epidemic – 90 percent of adult smokers start by age 18 or earlier, and 5.6 million children alive today will die prematurely unless all segments of our society especially those in the business of health join together to take strong action to curb access to tobacco.
We the undersigned ask all retailers that operate pharmacies or clinics in their stores to stop selling tobacco products whose revenues come at the cost of their customers’ health and well-being.
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