CVS Caremark Corporation Decides to Quit for Good – Dr. Alton Ochsner Would be Proud


Earlier this week CVS Caremark Corporation announced that it will stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products in its 7,600 pharmacies by October 1, 2014 – a move that Dr. Alton Ochsner, a pioneer for smoking cessation, would support.

Halting the sale of cigarettes makes sense for CVS since it is one of the biggest pharmacies in the United States. According to CVS’s website, “By removing tobacco products from our retail shelves, we will better serve our patients, clients and health care providers while positioning CVS Caremark for future growth as a health care company. Cigarettes and tobacco products have no place in a setting where health care is delivered. This is the right thing to do.”

As of April 1, 2011 Ochsner Health System went smoke free to continue the legacy of Dr. Ochsner. In fact, Dr. Ochsner was ahead of his time and began one-on-one smoking cessation sessions with patients as early as 1938. His desire to spread the knowledge that smoking cigarettes was a dangerous habit allowed him to write three books: Smoking and Cancer, A Doctor’s Report; Smoking and Health; and Smoking and Your Life – all available in Ochsner’s Medical Library.

Find out more about Dr. Ochsner’s efforts in Dr. Leonard G. Hudzinski’s article Facts to Physicians from The Alton Ochsner Center for the Elimination of Smoking in the 1999 issue of Ochsner Journal.

How do you feel about CVS not selling tobacco products anymore?