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Statement from Governor Chafee and R.I. Director of Health Regarding CVS/Caremark's Decision to Halt Tobacco Sales

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Congratulations to CVS/Caremark for the courageous move to stop selling tobacco products in stores nationwide.

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee said, "This must have been a difficult decision for the corporation and the board to weigh the benefits of making the conscientious choice versus the possibility of jeopardizing the bottom line. I applaud CVS/Caremark for taking the right fork in the road."

Director of Health Michael Fine, M.D., said, "In public health we know that the reduction of access to tobacco is the best way to reduce smoking. This may be the biggest advance in smoking cessation since the tobacco settlement in 1998, and we should be proud that a Rhode Island company is leading the way. The Department of Health calls on all Rhode Island retailers to follow this momentous effort by CVS/Caremark and put their customers' health first."

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