CDA applauds the decision by CVS Caremark to discontinue the sale of tobacco products. For decades, CDA and other health organizations have been warning tobacco users of the dangers of these products and urging them to kick the habit.
CVS recently announced that it will stop selling cigarettes and all tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores nationwide by Oct. 1.
In addition to CVS’s vow to eliminate tobacco products from its shelves, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has launched a new anti-tobacco campaign aimed to prevent tobacco use among teens and the U.S. Surgeon General recently updated an oral health report on the consequences of smoking. In the report, the Surgeon General calls for “dramatic action” to reduce tobacco use and expands the list of illnesses “causally associated” with active smoking to include orofacial clefts in infants.
“CDA is pleased to see these recent anti-tobacco efforts because we know how damaging tobacco products are to both oral and overall health,” said James Stephens, DDS, president of CDA. “Hopefully, these actions will help highlight the dangers of tobacco use and help reduce the number of users in the U.S.”
All forms of tobacco contain high concentrations of cancer-causing agents, and these substances subject users to increased cancer risk not only of the oral cavity, but also the pharynx, larynx and esophagus. Other traits of long-term tobacco users include stained teeth, halitosis, or bad breath, gum disease and a dulled sense of taste and smell.
“Encouraging patients to live a tobacco-free life is the only way to help reduce the risk of these cancers and other tobacco-related health problems,” said Stephens.
Read the CVS statement on ending the sale of tobacco products here.