Ford Health Supports CVS Decision to Ban Tobacco


DETROIT — Henry Ford Health System supports CVS Caremark’s decision to ban tobacco products from being sold in stores.

“We applaud CVS Caremark on its decision to discontiue the sale of cigarettes,” said Paul Szilagzi, vice president of Primary Care and Medical Centers for Henry Ford Health Care System. “It sends a strong public health message that consumers’ health and well-being take priority over profits.”

Company officials say CVS Caremark will stop selling cigarettes and their tobacco products at more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores in the country by Oct. 1.

“As part of a clinical collaboration, Henry Ford and CVS MinuteClinic partner on patient education and disease management.  Certainly, smoking cessation is important in preserving the health of the communities we serve,” Szilagzi said.

In addition to removing tobacco products from stores, CVS is planning a national smoking cessation program.