Mattiello lauds CVS Health’s contributions to tobacco cessation
STATE HOUSE – House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello commended Rhode Island-based CVS Health for marking the fifth anniversary of its decision to stop selling tobacco products with an expansion of its efforts to combat tobacco addiction.
“CVS Health is a true leader in public health. Its decision to remove tobacco products from its shelves five years ago was brave and demonstrated the company’s genuine commitment to the community’s health. That decision has helped push smoking rates down, and CVS has been actively contributing to efforts to create the first tobacco-free generation. Its new efforts double down on the company’s commitment to combatting tobacco use and helping people lead healthier lives. CVS Health’s outstanding corporate citizenship makes me extremely proud that it calls Rhode Island home, and I feel fortunate that our citizens are among those who benefit from its continued efforts to help people quit tobacco,” said Speaker Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston).
Following its decision in 2014 to remove tobacco products from its stores, CVS launched a $50 million, five-year effort to help create the first tobacco-free generation. Within a year, consumers had purchased 100 million fewer packs of cigarettes, and households that had previously purchased cigarettes exclusively at CVS were 38 percent more likely to have stopped buying them at all.
The company, which is headquartered in Woonsocket, this year created new partnerships and committed $10 million to help combat vaping. The CVS Health Foundation, with partners including Discovery Education and CATCH Global Foundation, is creating an educational curriculum on the dangers of vaping that will be made available to every school district in the United States, with additional resources available to parents at no cost. The company is also planning to expand its tobacco-cessation efforts for Medicaid participants, whose smoking rate is more than double the rate of private insurance enrollees.
For more information, contact:
Larry Berman, Communications Director for the Office of the Speaker
State House Room 331A
Providence, RI 02903