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Follow CVS’ lead

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

Kudos to CVS Caremark for making the right decision to end the sale of tobacco products.

Cigarettes sharing shelf space with medicine, especially with a retail health clinic in the next aisle, sends a mixed message. As a physician, I witness daily the harmful health effects of tobacco use in my patients, and smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S.

The Illinois State Medical Society encourages all chain and independent pharmacies to follow CVS’ lead. Tobacco products have no place in any establishment associated with health care.

Eldon A. Trame

President, Illinois State Medical Society

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