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Dedham BOH Supports CVS's Decision to Stop Tobacco Sales

CVS will no longer sell tobacco products in its stores by Oct. 1.

CVS in Dedham. Credit: File photo.
CVS in Dedham. Credit: File photo.

While pharmacies in Dedham are already prohibited from selling tobacco, Dedham Health Director Catherine Cardinale is in full support of CVS Caremark's decision to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in stores across the country.

"I think it's great," Cardinale said. "I'm hoping that continues with the other pharmacies and health care facilities. I believe CVS is looking to gear their business toward health care."

CVS announced Wednesday it will no longer sell tobacco products in stores nationally by Oct. 1, making CVS the first national pharmacy chain to take this step.

While it has not been announced whether other major pharmacies like Walgreens would follow suit, Cardinale said she would also be in full support of that decision as well. 

"I would hope," she said. "It just makes sense. Most of the products they sell are to help you. [Tobacco's] a legal product, but it just makes more sense that they don't sell it."

steve February 07, 2014 at 02:27 PM
I don't smoke but this is just another liberal move to infringe on our freedom to do what we want all these people who are in.favor are babies that have no back bone and.let government run all over us. The health director is happy but why not remove diet soda candy chips salt and anything else these liberal people think are not a good choice. But then again smoking weed is ok now not long before they carry that. What happened to letting people make their own decisions isn't that what this country was about. I know we are heading down the wrong road with the liberal party but someday people will wake up too see we have no freedom left.

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