Aug 12, 2015
New examples continue to emerge about how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) affiliates have done the bidding of the tobacco industry and fought measures to reduce tobacco use around the world. In the latest example, Norway’s Health Minister Bent Høie is blasting the American Chamber of Commerce in Norway for opposing a government proposal to require that tobacco products be sold in plain packaging.
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Congressional meetings highlight leadership training
Aug 6, 2015
In the fight against tobacco, youth voices pack a powerful punch.
Last week, we welcomed 26 youth activists from 20 states to Washington, D.C., for our annual Youth Advocacy Symposium – a series of skill-building workshops on leadership, advocacy and communications. The youth activists lead the fight in their communities, encouraging their peers to stay tobacco-free, standing against the tobacco industry’s deceptive marketing and urging elected leaders to take action.
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Announcement Made on Anniversary of Historic Decision by CVS to Stop Selling Tobacco Products
Feb 5, 2015
February 5th marks one year since CVS announced it would stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,800 CVS/pharmacy locations, making CVS/pharmacy the first national pharmacy chain to take this step. On the anniversary, the CVS Health Foundation has announced a $5 million five-year commitment to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to launch its new “Making the Next Generation Tobacco-Free” grant program. The Foundation will partner with Tobacco-Free Kids to provide grants to organizations committed to implementing public health strategies to reduce youth tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.
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Sep 16, 2014
On September 3, CVS Health announced that it has ended tobacco sales for good at its 7,700 retail pharmacies. In doing so, CVS sent a powerful message: Responsible retailers — especially those that provide health care through pharmacies and clinics – should not be in the business of selling cigarettes and other tobacco products, the number one cause of preventable death.
Newspaper editorials across the country have applauded CVS and called on other retailers to follow CVS's example.
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Letters cite huge health and financial toll of tobacco
Feb 10, 2014
Eight U.S. senators today sent letters to the CEOs of two major drug store chains – Walgreens and Rite Aid – and the president of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores urging that other pharmacies follow the lead of CVS Caremark and stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products.
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Other drug stores urged to follow company’s example
Feb 7, 2014
Since CVS Caremark announced its decision to end tobacco sales, support has poured in from a range of opinion leaders, including newspapers across the nation. Editorials have praised CVS’s leadership and urged other drug stores to follow its example.
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CVS Caremark’s decision to end sales of tobacco products widely hailed as a courageous and historic step
Feb 5, 2014
From President Obama and the First Lady to members of Congress to public health leaders, CVS Caremark’s decision to end sales of tobacco products is being widely hailed as a courageous and historic step that will help drive down tobacco use and improve the nation’s health.
First Lady Michelle Obama thanked CVS and tweeted, “now we can all breathe a little easier, and our families can live healthier.”
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