Texas Public Health Coalition Applauds CVS Action
BCMS is a proud supporter
of the coalition
By Mary E. Nava, MBA
Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer
CVS Caremark's decision this week
to stop selling tobacco products by Oct. 1 was applauded by the
Texas Public Health Coalition, of which BCMS is a member.
The coalition, which focuses
on legislative issues each session common to a number of health
organizations, has had a statewide smoking ban as one of
its priority topics.
Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, chair
of the Texas Public Health Coalition and deputy chief medical
officer, American Heart Association, said the decision is good
for the health of Texas.
"Other tobacco retailers,
particularly pharmacies, should follow this example and discontinue
the sales of these deadly products."
John Nava, MD, chair of the Bexar
County Medical Society Public Health and Patient Advocacy
Committee, said: "I thought this was a bold move by CVS, to
basically forego profits in order to emphasize efforts to support a
public health issue. I agree with Dr. Sanchez, and I hope other
corporations follow suit and emphasize the concept of health
promotion to all of our citizens."
For more information, contact Mary Nava.