Tobacco-Free Pharmacies Make Good Business Sense

NYC Coalition_TaxiTops 54x16We applaud CVS Caremark’s bold decision to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products. By making its customers’ health a top priority and refusing to sell these deadly products, CVS can help reduce tobacco use and save lives.

Pharmacies now provide an increasing array of health care, including general check-ups and management of chronic conditions.  With this focus on wellness, why should pharmacies sell the only consumer product that when used as intended will kill at least half of its long-term users.

In Boston and San Francisco, pharmacies are already prohibited from selling tobacco products.  With more than 700 pharmacies in New York City selling tobacco products, CVS now stands apart by placing people’s health over tobacco profits.

CVS may lose $2 billion in sales in the first year, but that’s a very small portion of their roughly $123 billion annual revenue.  Pharmacy retailers earn the lion’s share of their profits from prescription and non-prescription drugs.  They stand to increase those profits by strategically strengthening their brand as a promoter of health and health care.

We encourage all pharmacies to follow CVS Caremark’s lead and join the fight against the tobacco epidemic.


The Case for Smoke-Free Housing

This new video features some of our community partners, Asian Americans for Equality, the American Lung Association of the Northeast, the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood and SoBRO (South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation).

They make the case for smoke-free housing  and explain why smoke-free housing is the healthier and more economic choice when deciding where to live in New York City.

Another Marlboro Man is Dead

Eric LawsonEric Lawson, one of the many actors who portrayed the iconic figure that promoted Marlboro cigarettes in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, died on January 10, 2014 of respiratory failure because of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease caused by smoking.

He really did smoke Marlboro cigarettes, as many as three packs a day.  In the past few years, he spoke out against the danger of smoking and urged kids not to start.

In print and billboard ads, the ruggedly handsome actor embodied the most powerful brand image of the century.  The Marlboro Man stands worldwide as the ultimate American cowboy and masculine trademark that made Marlboro one of best-selling cigarette brands in the world.

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