News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Hennes Paynter Communications

Hospice of the Western Reserve


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Health and Medicine


Sen. Brown urges other pharmacies to join CVS in dropping tobacco sales
CVS says healthcare and cigarette sales don't complement each other
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


Senior Reporter
Mark Urycki
 
CVS Caremark will stopping selling tobacco products in October.
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and a group of seven other Democratic senators are asking drugstore chains to follow the lead of CVS Caremark and stop selling tobacco.

CVS merged with Twinsburg-based Revco in the late 90’s to become one of the largest chains in the nation. Now it’s the first to announce an end to tobacco sales.
LISTEN: Will others follow CVS?

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:08)


(Click image for larger view.)

CVS operates 800 in-store Minute-Clinics and plans to open another 150 this year.  At a CVS store in Lakewood, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Nancy Gagliano says the Affordable Care Act promises to boost the company’s business in health care. 

“Selling cigarettes and tobacco products goes against everything we stand for within health care, a company that touches the lives of more than 5 million patients and customers every single day. “

Note that she refers to patients as well as customers.

E-cigarettes a new way to addiction?
The Cleveland Clinic has made headlines for refusing to employ people who smoke. The Clinic’s Dr. Michael Roizen praises CVS for not selling electronic cigarettes to get people started.

“I’m really proud that CVS has decided – or at least is not now -- selling e-cigarettes because the leading group, the fastest growing group of e-cigarette users is 12-16 year olds. So that’s a major health risk for us.”  

Sen. Brown says CVS is giving up more than a billion dollars in revenue from tobacco products. But he says the damage cigarettes do is huge.

“Some 480,000 people a year die from tobacco-related illnesses. And what does that mean?  It means that the tobacco companies need to find 480,000 customers every year just to break even. They’re targeting people who are 14,15,16 and 17 and sometimes even younger than that. And they’re targeting future smokers in the developing world. “

It's the economy
The percentage of Ohioans who smoke --23.3 percent -- is above the national average of 18 percent. The Cleveland Clinic helped 1,600 of its employees quit, and Dr. Roizen says Ohio's high smoking rate may actually put the state at an economic disadvantage.

“Ohio can’t be job competitive if we stay as the No 6 state in smoking and tobacco use.”

While officials praised each other in one part of the Lakewood store, Matt Miller of Cleveland was buying cigarettes at the counter. He saya when CVS stops selling tobacco products, it won’t really hamper him.

”Not that much. Usually tobacco products are readily available in the U.S.”

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Crystal Ball says Ohio governor's race is done
How much is the Kasich campaign paying you to keep repeating the phrase "woman who is not his wife"? Fitzgerald was in the car with a friend who happens to be f...

Plane that crashed killing Case students is a popular training aircraft
The following is incorrect. The last few words should read "UNDER maximum gross take-off weight." “They have a normal take-off speed and all those take-off...

Exploradio: The never-ending war against superbugs
Super Federico ,we are so proud of you ,and very lucky to be among your friends . Keep it up human kind needs people like you to survive .Thanks for being so d...

Ohio's Lyme disease-carrying tick population is exploding
Interesting report. The last sentence needs some editing. It isn't a good idea to "save garments carrying ticks for analysis." The garments carrying t...

Teach for America enters third year in Ohio
For more background on TFA, check out http://reconsideringtfa.wordpress.com/

Faith leaders hold week-long prayer vigil at Ohio Statehouse
I think this is the wrong link to the audio. Its Andy Chow about cigarette taxes.

A $30 million plan to turn Cleveland's Public Square from gray to green
The current plan is for the Land Bank, RTA, and Mr. Jeremy Paris to run a bus line through the new Public Square and cutting the park in half. Save Public Squar...

Medina County residents question safety of proposed natural gas pipeline
I'm very concerned about this nexus project. I've received mail requesting my permission to allow the company to survey my property. I don't understand how thi...

A small group of tea party and Democrats protest at Kasich campaign stop
Enjoyed your excellent coverage of the statehouse for sometime now, never dreamed I'd be on. The feedback from people has been great. Thank you. Doris Adams

Top staffers are leaving the FitzGerald gubernatorial campaign
I's too bad that the dirt on Fitzgerald dug up by Kasich's operatives and publicized heavily by the Yellow Plain Dealer has caused the weak staffers of the Fitz...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University