In an attempt to reflect its broader healthcare commitment, CVS Caremark Corp. has renamed its name to CVS Health.
The Rhode Island based company, which is best known for its 7,700 drug stores chain, had earlier in February announced its commitment of not selling cigarettes and tobacco products in any of its stores as a part of its public health improvement mission.
The company was scheduled to stub out its tobacoo sales from all 7,700 CVS pharmacy by October 1 this year. But with the latest move, America’s one of the largest pharmacy retailers has delivered its commitment one month ahead of schedule.
With the development, the company has stopped its tobacco sales from today (September 3).
An official statement by the company said that the retail business of CVS Health will continue to be known as CVS/pharmacy.
“For our patients and customers, health is everything, and our company is changing the way healthcare is delivered to increase access, improve quality and lower costs,” Larry J Merlo, CVS Health president and CEO said in a statement on Wednesday.
In the statement, Merlo further said, “As a pharmacy innovation company at the forefront of a changing healthcare landscape, CVS Health is delivering breakthrough products and services, from advising on prescriptions to helping manage chronic and specialty conditions.”
Along with stopping the sales of tobacco products, the company also realized its corporate social responsibility (CSR) and launched a comprehensive smoking cessation campaign.
“Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health and protect the health of your family, but quitting isn’t easy,” Helena Foulkes, president of CVS pharmacy, said in a statement.
The awareness campaign aims to put a check on cigarette and tobacco use by helping people to quit their smoking habit.
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