FSPH Dean, Paul Halverson, and Medical School Dean, Jay Hess, Published in the Indy Star about CVS' New Tobacco Policy

CVS' Tobacco Policy Will Help Reduce Youth Smoking

 by Paul K Halverson and Jay L. Hess 

The Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and Indiana University School of Medicine applaud CVS/Caremark for its decision to remove tobacco products at all pharmacy locations across the country, more than 7,600 nationwide, including nearly 300 stores in Indiana.

This decision will reduce the availability of cigarettes and other tobacco products and sends an unmistakable message to all Americans, especially children, that tobacco use is uniquely harmful and socially unacceptable. Policies that restrict access to tobacco products, reduce exposure to tobacco advertising and limit the places that people smoke have a direct effect on reduced smoking rates, especially among youth. Read the rest of the article here.